Thanksgiving Day is approaching, a day when families usually gather for dinner and give thanks for the blessings received throughout the year. However, this year is atypical due to the threat of contagion from COVID-19 if the proper precautionary measures are not taken during the holidays.
For this reason, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide several recommendations for safely celebrating Thanksgiving.
According to the CDC, celebrating virtually or with the people you live in is the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving. If you decide to attend a meeting, make your celebration safer by following these steps:
- Bring your own food, drinks, plates, glasses, and utensils.
- Wear a mask and store it safely while eating or drinking.
- Avoid going in and out of areas where food is prepared or handled, such as the kitchen.
- Use single-use options like individual salad dressings and condiments and disposable items like food containers, plates, and utensils.
If you are hosting guests in your home, make sure people take steps to make the Thanksgiving celebration safer. These measures include:
- Organize a small cookout with family and friends who live in your community
- Limit the number of guests
- Talk to guests in advance to set expectations for celebrating together.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and items every time you use them.
- If you celebrate indoors, bring in fresh air by opening windows and doors, if possible. You can use a window fan in one of the open windows to blow air out the window. This will draw in fresh air through the other open windows.
- Limit the number of people in areas where food is prepared.
- Have guests bring their own food and drink.
- In case of sharing food, have one person serve the food and use disposable options like plastic utensils.
On the other hand, the CDC urges you to wear a double-layer mask to protect yourself and others; it should cover the nose and mouth and should be secured under the chin. Similarly, you need to make sure that the mask fits snugly on both sides of your face.
CDC urges that you keep a distance of no less than 6 feet from people who do not live with you. This is especially important in people who are at higher risk for serious illness.
Lastly, remember to wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and have hand sanitizer available when it is not possible to wash your hands.