Thanksgiving day is a national holiday in the United States, and it’s celebrated this year on November 26. Thanksgiving is all about expressing gratitude for family; it’s a holiday built upon simply being with family and enjoying delicious food. The traditional Thanksgiving meal includes: roast turkey, turkey stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, dinner rolls, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie.
Unfortunately, with the COVID cases rising in the United States, dinner parties and other social events are going to be too risky this holiday season. According to the CDC (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), it’s best to limit in-person gatherings and to celebrate with people in your household. To celebrate with your extended family you can do a virtual gathering over zoom.
If you plan to spend the holiday with other people, here are few safety precautions:
- Wear a mask- Wear the mask over your nose and mouth
- Have multiple tables- Have families that live in the same household sit together
- Stay six feet apart- Staying six feet apart is important to protect others around you; people with COVID sometimes don’t show any symptoms
- Have sanitizers- Put hand sanitizers around the house, use the ones that kill 99.99% of germs
- Open windows– If you’re indoors, open windows for air to come in
- Outdoor meal- If it’s warm where you are, have a small outdoor meal
- Clean and disinfect – Frequently clean and disinfect tables
- Limit people who prepare food- You can have the guests bring their food, or have one person share the food and use plastic utensils.
If you plan on traveling on a plane:
- Get a flu shot
- Quarantine before traveling
- Wear your mask the proper way, for the entire journey
- Wear a face shield if possible
- Avoid contact with anyone who is sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Bring your food
- Clean your hands often
- If you are driving, when you are stopping for gas, wear your mask
- Bring a small bottle of hand sanitizer in a purse or pocket
- Avoid touching areas and touching your mask
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