We all look forward to the Thanksgiving holidays when we can relax and enjoy ourselves with friends and family, but with COVID-19 still hanging around and only approximately 59% of the population fully vaccinated, there are some concerns about how we should be spending the holidays. The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released some safety guidelines which, if followed, will help us have a safe and enjoyable holiday.
- If you are not yet vaccinated, make every effort to do so. Most pharmacies are offering the vaccine without appointments. Taking the vaccine will protect not only you, but those around you. If you are going to be around young children, this is even more important.
- If you are going to public indoor places (restaurants, airports), you should cover your nose and mouth with a well-fitting mask. Outdoor gatherings are safer than indoors.
- If you have symptoms, don’t attend or host a gathering. Get tested, especially if you have had contact with someone with COVID-19.
- For people with a condition, such as diabetes, the CDC recommends that you take extra precautions, including wearing a well-fitted mask, even if you have been fully vaccinated or have had an additional dose.
- If you are gathering with people from different households or from different parts of the country, consider avoiding crowded indoor spaces.
- If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel for the holidays, get tested before and after your trip. You should also check out the COVID situation at your intended destination before you leave. Best practice, according to the CDC, is to delay travel until you are fully vaccinated. For more information on domestic and foreign travel, follow this link.
- Remember: do not put a mask on a child under two years of age.
From all appearances, COVID-19 seems to be on the decline here in the US, but there are still lots of people who are getting sick and people who are not yet vaccinated. For these reasons, we cannot afford to let our guard down. Let us protect ourselves, those around us, and stay safe not just for the holidays, but always.