The CDC Guidelines For Thanksgiving 2020

November 16, 2020

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More than 11 million cases of COVID-19 have now been reported in the United States, with the most recent million coming in less than a week and breaking records set in April, as we prepare to observe a Thanksgiving holiday marked by the pandemic. Although it is something we don't want to hear, the CDC is recommending we celebrate Thanksgiving with just the people in your immediate household. Potential alternatives include a virtual Thanksgiving meal with friends or loved ones and contact-free delivery of safely prepared traditional dishes to family and neighbors. But if you plan to forge ahead with a Thanksgiving get together, the CDC is urging you to be safe as small household gatherings are an important contributor to the rise in COVID-19 cases. Besides wearing a mask (yes, inside), staying at least six feet away from others who do not live with you and frequent hand washing, the agency recommends you bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups and utensils. Avoid going in and out of the areas where food is being prepared or handled, such as in the kitchen and use single-use options, like salad dressing and condiment packets, and disposable items like food containers, plates, and utensils. Host your gathering outside if possible. If celebrating indoors, make sure to open windows. Finally, clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and items between use.


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