CDC releases new guidance on staying safe during holiday season as COVID cases increase

Agency recommends hosting video chat parties instead of gathering

The CDC recommends hosting a video chat party as opposed to a large indoor gathering.

DETROIT – Last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released guidance on trick-or-treating ahead of Halloween.

Now, looking ahead to Thanksgiving and the holiday season that follows, the agency has issued new guidance to encourage people to take steps that help prevent COVID spread.

Details: CDC issues new guidance on how to celebrate upcoming holidays safely amid pandemic

When it comes to spending Thanksgiving and Christmas with loved ones, the CDC says being fully vaccinated for the virus is the best way to protect yourself.

“You want to be safe, so if the CDC has guidelines, then you follow them,” one resident said.

“We have to be careful and cautious about what we’re doing indoors, not spreading the virus, not taking a chance until we’re 100% comfortable,” said another resident.

The CDC recommends hosting a video chat party with loved ones, as opposed to having a large indoor gathering where the virus can spread more easily.

If you are going to attend an event for the holidays, outdoor parties are safer than indoor ones. Officials know outdoor gatherings are harder to have during the winter months, so the CDC says to wear a mask amid indoor gatherings, and tp open a window to let some fresh air in.

You can also use a fan to blow air out of the window to increase ventilation in an indoor space.

Some of the most important guidance: If you’re not feeling well, stay home.

For more information on holiday recommendations from the CDC, click here.

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Priya joined WDIV-Local 4 in 2013 as a reporter and fill-in anchor. Education: B.A. in Communications/Post Grad in Advanced Journalism