Traditional Thanksgiving gatherings with family and friends can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19, CDC says

Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is strongly discouraging traditional holiday gatherings. According to the national public health institute, the COVID-19 epidemic is worsening, and small household gatherings are an important contributor to the rise in COVID-19 cases.

To reduce the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 the CDC recommends celebrating virtually or with members of your own household only; defining your household is anyone who currently lives and shares common spaces in your housing unit.

For households that plan to have guests, CDC recommends the following risk reduction tips:

  • Have a small outdoor meal with family and friends who live in your community.
  • Limit the number of guests.
  • Have conversations with guests ahead of time to set expectations for celebrating together.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and items between use.
  • If celebrating indoors, make sure to open windows.
  • Limit the number of people in food preparation areas.
  • Have guests bring their own food and drink.
  • If sharing food, have one person serve food and use single-use options, like plastic utensils.
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