In just 2 weeks, Thanksgiving will be upon us. And just like everything else in 2020, it will be seriously impacted by Covid-19. The week of Thanksgiving is normally the busiest day for traveling in the US. Will this year still have a lot of travelers, large family dinners, and Black Friday shoppers? Only time will tell. In the meantime, here is what we recommend this Thanksgiving in order to minimize risk
The safest thing to do (and the most unpopular) is to confine your celebration to those who you already live with. If you are to gather with other family members, keep it small. Hopefully under 10 people in one house.
If you are eating together in the same household, we would advise against having a big buffet. You should have one person plate the meals and not have multiple people coming up and all helping themselves.
Social distance as much as you can within your home. It would be beneficial if groups of family members were to eat in small groups and at different times. We know, this doesn’t very appealing but could make the biggest difference. This is due to limiting the time family members will be without masks, laughing and carrying one. Let’s hope Thanksgiving 2021 will be mask free so we can throw a get together good enough to make up for this year.
For those who are really vulnerable to severe illness from COVID, it would be best to have them be at home with their immediate family, living in their own household. Just protect them for a little bit longer until we have the vaccine available to them. It may seem cruel to not invite grandma and deny her famous stuffing, but it is much worse to expose the elderly to a deadly virus that could have been avoided.
If you are unsure what activities are ok and which ones are High Risk, we have listed the official CDC guidelines for Thanksgiving below. You can also check out their recommendations here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html
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
Moderate risk activities
- Having a small outdoor dinner with family and friends who live in your community
- Lower your risk by following CDC’s recommendations on hosting gatherings or cook-outs.
- Visiting pumpkin patches or orchards where people use hand sanitizer before touching pumpkins or picking apples, wearing masks is encouraged or enforced, and people are able to maintain social distancing
- Attending a small outdoor sports events with safety precautions in place
Higher risk activities
Avoid these higher risk activities to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19:
- Going shopping in crowded stores just before, on, or after Thanksgiving
- Participating or being a spectator at a crowded race
- Attending 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.
Med Shield Group would like to wish everyone a very Happy and Safe Thanksgiving. Please think about your loved ones and how to minimize the risks. This strange time will pass and, hopefully, for next Thanksgiving we will all be looking back at how we all came together in 2020 and defeated the Covid-19 Pandemic.
In the meantime, let’s do what we can by wearing masks, social distancing and sanitizing our hands. Just visit www.medshieldgroup.com/shop for all of your daily safety needs.
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