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The CDC warns against Thanksgiving travel amid COVID-19 surge

The CDC warns against Thanksgiving travel amid COVID-19 surge

This holiday season will be like no other, and we wanted to provide you with a few tips and reminders to help limit your risk of exposure to COVID-19 and reduce the spread of the virus! As cases continue to increase rapidly across the United States and in Indiana (with more than 7,000 new cases reported today), the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people you live with.

Gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu. However, we know how stressful the pandemic has been with depression and anxiety on the rise due to so many people having to isolate alone to stay safe. This holiday season, please consider how you can modify your plan to reduce the spread of the virus to ensure to keep your friends, families, and communities healthy and safe.

However, those who decide to travel or visit family and friends are advised to do it as safely as possible. Below you will find tips and recommendations to keep yourself and the ones you love safe!

A few reminders of things to do when you are around people you do not live with:

  • Wear a mask when not eating or drinking
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Stay at least six feet apart from others
  • Consider if those around you may be at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, such as older adults or those with certain medical conditions, and take extra precautions
  • If gathering indoors, improve ventilation by opening windows and doors

Avoid these activities

  • Avoid sharing food and drinks
  • Avoid shaking hands and hugging. Wave and verbally greet others instead
  • Avoid singing, dancing, and shouting. These activities increase your chances of catching COVID-19 through the air
  • Avoid in-person gatherings with people at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, such as older adults and people with certain medical conditions

Lower risk activities

  • Having a small dinner with only people who live in your household
  • Preparing traditional family recipes for family and neighbors, especially those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and delivering them in a way that doesn’t involve contact with others
  • Having a virtual dinner and sharing recipes with friends and family
  • Shopping online rather than in person on the day after Thanksgiving or the next Monday
  • Watching sports events, parades, and movies from home

Higher risk activities

  • Going shopping in crowded stores just before, on, or after Thanksgiving
  • Participating or being a spectator at a crowded race or crowded parades
  • Attending large indoor gatherings with people from outside of your household
  • Using alcohol or drugs that may alter judgment and make it more difficult to practice COVID-19 safety measures

 

See Also

For additional information, please refer to the holiday guidance provided by the CDC at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html#thanksgiving

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