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COVID-19 concerns impacting Snowbirds' "migration" plans

Posted at 12:31 PM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 12:31:06-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Self-quarantine involves staying home in order to stay safe. But this leads snowbirds to ask, "Which home?"

"We have family and support to a much greater extent in Buffalo than down in Florida," Amherst resident Gene Finton said.

Gene and his wife Jo returned to Western New York last week to be closer to their son and a larger support system. Dr. Tom Russo, the chief of infectious diseases at University at Buffalo, suggests using support systems to help define "home" for snowbirds.

"It's probably best if you're close to family because they can help you do certain things to maximize social distancing," Russo said. "BUying groceries for you, things like that for people that are at lesser risk."

Meanwhile, Bob Wojcik of Cheektowaga and his wife Melody are still in Naples until Tuesday. He says that, in self-quarantine, Florida starts to lose its luster.

"Down here, the weather's gorgeous. Yesterday and today were the best days ever," Wojcik said. "Except now, you can't go in the water. Can't go to the pool, can't go to the beach."

Dr. Russo recommends, if necessary, traveling in the car instead of via plane or other modes of public transportation. He also suggests minimizing all contact with others at only essential stops.