Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others, but if you choose to host a gathering, here are things to keep in mind.
Our traditional holiday celebrations and gatherings are just around the corner and many of us are making plans. Meanwhile, public health officials are urging all Americans to use extreme caution as we prepare for what is sure to be a holiday season like no other, because of the dangers of exposure to COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently issued detailed Thanksgiving guidelines on how to stay safe during celebrations during COVID-19. Foremost, avoiding travel and participating in virtual celebrations is the lowest risk choice we can make. Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
However, if you will be celebrating with others, it is advised that celebration groups be kept small, are well-ventilated and that gatherings are limited.
If you are choosing to host a gathering with individuals from outside your immediate household, the following Thanksgiving guidelines for COVID-19 can help you to prepare for your holidays with safety in mind:
Read the complete Thanksgiving guidelines on staying safe during holiday celebrations on the CDC website. There you will find specifics on who should not attend in-person gatherings, how to handle overnight guests in your home and what to do if someone is exposed to COVID-19 during a holiday event.
The bottom line for this year is that staying home with your immediate household group is the safest choice. And, the more preventive measures that you put in place, the safer your gathering will be. No one measure is enough to prevent the spread of COVID-19.