Thanksgiving gut check: Risks to consider amid COVID pandemic

Safety is paramount with virus spreading at rapid pace as holiday season approaches

Thanksgiving gut check: Risks to consider amid COVID pandemic
Thanksgiving gut check: Risks to consider amid COVID pandemic

Ideally, we need to gather in small groups -- if at all -- to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus amid the holiday season.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning that travel increases the chance of getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others, the CDC says.

But if you’re still going to be gathering with family and friends, it’s best to keep the gathering small.

From the CDC:

Traditional Thanksgiving gatherings with family and friends are fun but can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu. The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to celebrate with people in your household. If you do plan to spend Thanksgiving with people outside your household, take steps to make your celebration safer:

  • Wear a mask with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19.
  • Wear the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
  • Make sure the mask fits snugly against the sides of your face.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you.
  • Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread COVID-19 or flu.
  • Keeping 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Keep hand sanitizer with you and use it when you are unable to wash your hands.
  • Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

For more CDC guidelines and tips for Thanksgiving amid the pandemic, go here.

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Dr. McGeorge can be seen on Local 4 News helping Metro Detroiters with health concerns when he isn't helping save lives in the emergency room at Henry Ford Hospital.