How to safely celebrate Thanksgiving? Doctors at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise you to follow all the principles of social distancing during this difficult period to avoid infection.
To keep people safe, this year’s celebrations should be different, experts say. Celebration traditions such as meeting friends and family, and all of the security protocols that apply to COVID-19 just don’t fit together.
“Holidays are high-risk activities for several reasons. Usually families come from different places. And when alcohol is involved, there is a risk of more relaxed behavior, ”says Dr. Sandra Kesh, an infectious disease expert and physician at WestMed Medical Group.
To safely celebrate the holidays, Americans should not relax safety rules such as social distancing and the wearing of masks. For some people, the safest decision, for themselves or for those around them, may be to avoid gatherings, travel, parties, and dates altogether. Even if you are not in a high-risk group for severe COVID-19 illness, if you become infected right before the holidays, you will need to develop a plan to isolate yourself from others.
The risk of meeting friends and family may vary depending on the number of cases in your city or area. If the number of cases increases where you or your family live, it increases the risk of transmitting the virus during the holiday gathering. The only way to make sure you’re not spreading the virus and getting infected at a holiday meal or party is to not be present in person and only celebrate with those you currently live with.