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Reduce your risk of spreading COVID-19 at Thanksgiving

November 18, 2020
Published in: COVID-19

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It’s Thanksgiving! Many will be traveling to celebrate with families. Travel and family gatherings, though, can increase your risk of getting or spreading COVID-19.

The best way to protect yourself and others is to stay home. If you are sick—with COVID-19, flu or any other contagious disease—you should not attend any in-person holiday celebration. Those with medical conditions that increase risk for severe illness should also avoid in-person gatherings.

If you do decide to celebrate with others, different activities carry different levels of risk for COVID-19. Here, from the CDC, are Thanksgiving activities sorted by risk level:

Lower Risk Activities

  • Have a small dinner with only people who live in your household.
  • Prepare traditional family recipes for friends and neighbors, especially those at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, and deliver them in a contact-less way.
  • Have a virtual dinner and share recipes with friends and family.
  • Shop online rather than in-person on the day after Thanksgiving Black Friday. Celebrate Cyber Monday!
  • Watch sports events, parades and movies from home.

Moderate Risk Activities

  • Have a small outdoor dinner with family and friends who live in your community.
  • Visit pumpkin patches or orchards where people use hand sanitizer, wear masks and maintain social distance.
  • Attend a small outdoor sports event with safety precautions in place.

Higher Risk Activities (Avoid these activities to help prevent spread of COVID-19)

  • Shopping in crowded stores just before, on or after Thanksgiving.
  • Participate in, or watch, a crowded race or Turkey Trot.
  • Attend a crowded parade.
  • Use alcohol or drugs, which can cloud judgement and lead to risky behaviors.
  • Attend large indoor gatherings with people from outside your household.

Celebrate! Be Safe!