Celebrating Thanksgiving amid COVID-19 pandemic

Celebrating Thanksgiving amid COVID-19 pandemic
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With the fall season now in full swing families, are now looking ahead to holidays like Thanksgiving, and health officials are sharing guidance on how to safely celebrate amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Centers for Disease and Control Prevention has outlined several factors families should consider before gathering for a holiday this fall such as:

  • The number and rate of COVID-19 cases within the community
  • The location of the gathering (indoor vs. outdoor)
  • The number of people you plan to have at the gathering
  • The behaviors of the attendees before and after the gathering

For Thanksgiving, the CDC suggests avoiding high-risk activities like attending large indoor gatherings with people from outside of your household or shopping at crowded stores “just before, on, or after Thanksgiving.”

Having a small dinner with only the people who live in your household and doing shopping online rather than in person can lower the spread of the virus, the CDC stated.

If you plan to attend a gathering with people outside of your household, the CDC recommends you to ask the host about the safety precautions they have in place.

Traveling may also increase the risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. The CDC says staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others, but if you do plan to travel, they encourage wearing a mask when in public places, social distancing, washing your hands, etc.

The CDC has provided a list for both high and low risk activities here.