COVID-19 cases around the United States are increasing at alarming rates, even reaching record daily highs last week, just as people around the country prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving. This year, Americans are faced with difficult decisions regarding traveling and gathering with family and friends. Nobody wants to spread COVID-19 to a loved one, so it is crucial to take precautions.
In the past weeks, the CDC has released and updated guidelines for celebrating a safer Thanksgiving. At this point in time, the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate with only people who live in your same household. If you choose to gather with people outside of your household, the CDC has outlined guidelines for reducing the spread of COVID-19 at Thanksgiving:
Wear a mask. State mask requirements vary, but it is generally a good idea to wear a mask whenever outside of your household and within six feet of others.
Wash your hands regularly and at least for 20 seconds and be sure to have hand sanitizer with you in case you are unable to wash your hands.
Keep at least a six foot distance between you and anyone who lives outside of your home, whenever possible.
If you choose to attend a gathering, make sure that you are away of any guidelines set by your state that may limit the number of people allowed to gather and the duration of the gathering.The CDC has a few recommendations if you attend a gathering:
Bring your own food, drink, dishes and utensils.
Wear a mask when not eating or drinking.
Use single use plates, cups, and utensils.
Also, it is a safer option to gather outside as we know that COVID-19 can spread more easily in indoor settings. If you choose to gather indoors, the CDC recommends keeping the windows open at all times. And if you do choose to travel outside of your immediate community, remember to take appropriate precautions and consider self-quarantining and getting tested if available.
Until next time, stay vigilant, and let's do everything we can to stop the spread.
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