Here's how you can reduce the risk of COVID-19 during Thanksgiving celebrations
- Keep the number of guests limited and enjoy a small, cosy dinner
- If you're throwing a humble little dinner, keep the meal outdoors
- Don't share serving food, glassware or cutlery
The raging pandemic has seemingly marred Thanksgiving Day celebration to an awful extent. Under the current situation, it's evidently impossible and also will become a health hazard to attend or arrange a grand gathering.
Yet, if it's absolutely necessary, then here are a few quick tips to follow while you're at the party or after your celebrations are over:
Keep it small
Each additional household brings added risk which grows with the number of people in that household so make sure when you're attending or arranging parties that not too many households are involved. Keep the numbers limited and enjoy a small, cosy dinner.
Arrange it in the outdoor
If you're throwing a humble little dinner, keep the meal outdoors. While it's not realistic in many parts of the country, windows and doors can be kept open as wide as the weather allows if you are inside.
The goal is to not rebreathe someone else's exhaled air.
While it seems to be awkward to host dinner while maintaining social distancing norms, the unprecedented situation call for such drastic measures.
If you are not wearing masks, keep your distance; 6 feet is good, 10 feet is better.
Don't share food
Don't share serving food, glassware or cutlery. These surfaces go directly in your mouth and make it really easy for the virus to find to travel.
Get tested a week after
Our responsibility to minimize the risk of viral spread doesn't end when the day is done. If you choose to gather, you also should keep your interactions low in the days after Thanksgiving. If possible, get tested the following week.