With more than 1 million COVID-19 cases reported in the U.S. in early November and local numbers setting new records daily, the Thanksgiving Holiday this week calls for more preparation than usual. This year, the focus must be on precautions to celebrate safely.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year “is to celebrate at home with the people you live with.” If you are going to celebrate with people outside of your household, you and your family will be at an increased risk of exposure. If you intend to celebrate with others keep your gathering smaller and shorter, practice hand washing and sanitizing, mask wearing and safe physical distancing.
- Celebrate only with your immediate family. Gathering with people who don’t live with you increases your chances of getting COVID-19 or the flu.
- Avoid travel. Stay away from large public gatherings, like at airports, train stations, bus stations and public transportation. Even if you drive, you’ll still face potential exposures at rest stops, gas stations and other places you stop.
- If you gather with your family, keep it outside if possible. The virus spreads through the air, so ventilation is critically important. If you must be inside, open windows and doors and keep your home’s fans on.
- If you have more than one household gathering, stay physically distanced. Make sure there is at least six feet of separation between different family pods and wear masks when not eating. Make sure there’s plenty of hand sanitizer available.
- Keep it short! Gatherings that last longer pose more risk than shorter gatherings.
The CDC also offers suggestions for: