December 3, 2020
How to celebrate a safe Thanksgiving
ATLANTA - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to spend it with your own household, given that even asymptomatic people can spread Covid-19.

If you are spending the holiday at someone else's house, the CDC suggests bringing your own plates and utensils, avoiding going in and out of areas where food is being prepared and wearing a mask when not eating. The federal health agency encouraged holding a Thanksgiving meal outdoors, setting expectations ahead of time for how to safely celebrate and designating one person to serve the food.

With the number of coronavirus cases rising in nearly every state, officials have a blunt message about Thanksgiving: Don't hold large gatherings this year.

From coast to coast, governors and other officials are imposing restrictions ahead of Thanksgiving and pleading with residents to be cautious of the risk of transmitting Covid-19 in their homes or during their travels.

And in California, Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state Department of Public Health last month said singing, chanting or shouting — which increase the release of respiratory droplets and fine aerosols — are discouraged during indoor holiday gatherings.

People often mistakenly assume they will be safe if they just have trusted friends and family over to their homes, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious diseases doctor, said.

“They almost subconsciously let their guard down,” Fauci told The New York Times this month. “They don’t realize they’ve come in from multiple cities, spent time in airports. They come to a house where Grandma and Grandpa are, or someone with an underlying condition, and they innocently and inadvertently bring infection into a home. It’s dangerous. You’ve got to be careful.”
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