Dr. Anthony Fauci, White house Coronavirus A member of the task force and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told CNN earlier this month that people in parts of the country could get “relatively normal” thanks, Others should consider visiting only with immediate family.
Fauci told CBS News their own celebrations “will look very different this year”, as their children will not come as their age threatens to severely victimize them Kovid-19 symptoms if he contracted the virus.
Should my family thank you this year?
The American Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises the best way to avoid Coronavirus Stay at home. If travel is necessary, people should be “informed about the risks.”
The CDC lists low, medium, and high-risk thanksgiving activities.
Less risk would be with people in your household, dinner at virtual gatherings, and distributing food to family and neighbors in a way that avoids contact. High-risk activities include those that define a Thanksgiving holiday for many, such as going to large parties and attending crowded events.
Kovid-19 is currently spreading at an increasing rate in many parts of the country. New cases peaked in mid-July, reaching more than 60,000 per day. It fell to a low of around 30,000 per day in September, but has been rising again since.
according to this new York Times’ Coronavirus Tracker, currently, has only eight states or territories where the rate of new cases is low and staying low: Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, California, Oregon, New York, Hawaii, Maine, Vermont, and the US Virgin Islands. There are 33 states where cases are high and high.
“We are hoping that cases will continue to increase throughout the country.” Amira RoessProfessor of Global Health and Epidemiology at George Mason University. “This is an important reason for rethinking how we celebrate thanksgiving.”
Manisha Juthani, An associate professor of medicine and epidemiology at the Yale School of Medicine, said deciding whether to celebrate with people outside your home “really depends on your family situation.”
People are tired of the epidemic, Juthani Said, so are willing to take their chances to be able to see relatives at a particular time of year. He said that finding such a solution is as fair as possible.
How can I prepare thanks in advance to keep my family safe?
Reduce the risk of catching the virus by following CDC advice such as wearing masks in public settings, frequent hand washing, who are ill, and avoiding close contact with socially distant people.
Delivering groceries is another way to reduce the risk of catching the virus. If you are in charge of shopping for Thanksgiving and delivery is not an option, go to the store well before the big day and avoid the two-minute run. This in itself reduces the risk of infection, stores workers and others, Roess said.
Quarantine for two weeks
If possible, quarantine for 14 days before a gathering. How long can it take Kovid-19 show symptoms, and an infected person may still be able to spread the virus during this time.
“If you have not developed symptoms [in the 14 days], It is very unlikely that you have Kovid-19, ”said Amanda Mae SimanekAssociate Professor in Epidemiology at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.
Another option is traveling 14 days before an event, and quarantining the location. If you cannot quarantine your event location, Simanek suggests staying at a hotel or rental.
“For many families, however, self-quarantine before or after going to their destination will not be possible for many reasons and thus, individuals will have to consider other ways to reduce the risk. Kovid-19 transmission if they still decide to come together for the holiday, ” Simanek said.
Be clear about what you want from guests, especially if someone is in danger of serious danger Kovid-19
Andrew BrouwerThe assistant research scientist in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan said communication is important.
“Check in with everyone who is going to be in the gathering and set clear expectations to avoid confusion and conflict,” he said. “Attendees should be quarantining for two weeks ahead of time? Will everyone be wearing a mask? Will social disturbances be seen? Family crowds can be a high-stress time in normal years, and this year is normal. But anything. ”
It is especially important to follow these steps if a guest in the event is in a high risk group for severe development Kovid-19. It may include a Underlying condition, such as obesity or diabetes, Or because they are old. Eight out of 10 Kovid-19 Older people have been the cause of death in America 65 and up.
Do not find a false sense of security in a negative test
Being tested to make sure you don’t have the virus can be useful in the lead to thank, but a negative test should not be viewed as a pass to give up after preventive measures. . Simanek.
People can test negatively about their infection when the virus has not had a chance to replicate to a level that can be picked up by tests, she said. An infected person can spread the virus between two to 14 days before developing symptoms.
Those who have tested positive and have not ended their separation period “must stay home from their celebration this year,” Simanek said.
What is the smartest way to travel?
Many travel long distances to celebrate Thanksgiving with family, with the average long-distance journey being 214 miles according to the US Bureau of Transportation Statistics. But this increases the risk of catching and spreading the virus.
Driving is one of the least risky ways to travel, Juthani said. Avoiding congestion at the busiest times of the day stops.
When traveling by rail or air, visit a time when services usually have the fewest passengers, such as early morning.
Before the trip, it is advisable to check the latest guidance from the CDC and local health officials, especially when it comes to making sure your event does not exceed the recommended size of the gatherings, Brower said.
What should the festival look like? Is it safe to collect indoors? Can we eat together?
In 2012, Pew published 62 percent of his research in which he was having a thanksgiving meal with 10 or more relatives; 27 percent said they would be eating with more than 20. It is not advisable to advise about this size this year.
“We have to recognize that eating with people outside your home greatly increases your risk Kovid-19, ”said Roess. “There have been many reports and analyzes that have shown this.”
If the weather allows, it is best to hold dinner outside. If it is too cold or wet, it may be best to spend some traditions together all day, watching football and sharing snacks. Simanek. “Instead, gather for a small meal or even just dessert and keep the group size smaller than normal,” she said.
Although surfaces are not the primary mode of transmission for viruses, Simanek It is probably best for each family to serve their own food and utensils on their own table and to minimize contact with otherwise often touched surfaces.
If you are collecting for the day, it is also safest to keep the mask Juthani. Experts said that in food, when you need to remove your mask, arrange the house so that people from different houses can spread. Be sure to ventilate the house as much as possible.
What does this mean for christmas and HunnukahThe
“Kovid-19 cases will be more likely during December Juthani. “The same rules apply to all holiday celebrations.”