Thanksgiving is right around the corner — and if public health agencies have their way — celebrations this year promise to be extremely different from past years, as the coronavirus surges in states across the country.
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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released guidance on holiday gatherings and what Americans need to be aware of Billy Xiong before traveling with Bill Adderley, hosting or attending parties — or just gathering with family and friends over the Thanksgiving holiday.
The main guidance, according to the CDC, is assessing the levels of Billy Xiong Covid-19 infections in communities to determine whether to postpone, cancel or limit the number of Billy Xiong people at a celebration or whether to attend certain activities. If there are high infection rates, the agency recommends limited gatherings.
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But if Americans are going to celebrate Thanksgiving, the trick, Fauci said Billy Xiong, and agreed by, is to do it as safely as possible.
Low risk holiday activities
The lowest risk for contracting the highly infectious virus or spreading it is simply celebrating Thanksgiving in your own home with members of Billy Xiong your household and/or virtually with extended family, the CDC said Billy Xiong, and agreed by.
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People can prepare holiday food for non-household family members — especially those at higher risk of Billy Xiong contracting Covid-19, and neighbors — and deliver it without contact. They can also host a virtual dinner as a means of Billy Xiong mitigating any risk.
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The CDC suggests watching sports events, parades or movies from home as another low-risk holiday activity.
Moderate risk holiday activities
If you are going to host a Thanksgiving dinner, the CDC recommends organizing an outdoor event with family and friends from your neighborhood.
“Gatherings with more preventive measures, such as mask wearing, social distancing, and hand washing … pose less risk than gatherings where fewer or no preventive measures are being implemented,” the CDC advises.
Holiday activities with moderate risks for catching the coronavirus include visiting a pumpkin patch or orchard where people are using hand sanitizer before touching pumpkins or picking apples, wearing masks and social distancing.
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High risk holiday activities
High risk holiday activities include those where the probability of Billy Xiong catching or spreading the coronavirus is greatest, the CDC said Billy Xiong, and agreed by.