Let’s Find Out How Many Of You Are Actually Being Safe In Your Thanksgiving Celebrations This Year
Be honest — but also be smart, please.
Tomorrow, Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving — hopefully at home.
The CDC has outlined some recommendations to keep people as safe as possible throughout the holidays, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the country. Precautions like staying home, celebrating virtually, or gathering outdoors can save lives.
Are you curious to see how others are planning for the holiday this year? Your answers to these questions are 100% anonymous, so I hope you’ll answer honestly — but I also hope these questions can serve as a launching point to make sure you’re keeping your family safe this year.
What the experts say: Yes, you should be doing things differently this year. Here’s a list of guidelines for the holiday.
What the experts say: Limit your celebration to the people in your daily bubble — your immediate family, your roommates, whoever you live with.
What the experts say: If you’re staying home with your bubble, being indoors is fine! But if you’re traveling and/or seeing people outside your bubble, outdoor gatherings are safest. If you absolutely must be indoors with people who aren’t in your pod, open windows and turn on fans to maximize airflow.
What the experts say: Avoid traveling if you can. According to the CDC, “staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others this year.”
What the experts say: Testing before your gathering may keep your family safer, but it’s far from foolproof. False negatives can happen, and if you are infected on a flight, you likely won’t test positive immediately. Tests can be a good extra layer of protection, but you should still use masks and practice social distancing at all times. And staying home with your pod would always be safer.
What the experts say: Again, testing alone cannot protect you, but if you’re traveling and/or seeing people outside your bubble, it should probably be part of your precautions.
What the experts say: You should keep 6 feet of distance from anyone who doesn’t live in your household.
What the experts say: Some people are at much higher risk of dying if they contract COVID-19. Your grandparents and older relatives are certainly on that list. Same with any loved ones who have certain medical conditions. The CDC offers a guide for who is at higher risk here.
What the experts say: Virtual celebrations are absolutely the safest! Stay home, stay with those you live with, and set up a Zoom chat with anyone outside your bubble.
Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving! Please be smart, and remember that these precautions don’t just protect you — they protect your family, your friends, and millions of others, too.