• Elseigh Callstrom, reporter

Staying Safe Over Thanksgiving Break

This year is unlike any other, but that does not mean the holidays and holiday season have to be any less enjoyable. There are many safer alternative ways to spend fall break and celebrate Thanksgiving if one so chooses.

Wearing a mask whenever one is around someone outside of one’s household or quarantine bubble, should be something already being done, and if not, there is no time like the present to begin taking this vital safety measure. Masks have been proven to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends those attending large gatherings during the upcoming holiday(s) to bring their own food and utensils.

A six feet distance can also keep each other safe while eating or drinking with other people.

The ideal option is for everyone to stay home but, anyone who does have travel plans should continue to follow these guidelines to reduce the spread of Covid-19 and check any travel restrictions in the intended destination.

Anyone who is taking the risk of hosting a gathering, doing so outside is a wise option.

At any gathering during a pandemic, the number of guests should be limited, and Thanksgiving makes no exception. The CDC does not recommend a specific number when it comes to group sizes, but socializing with no more than one or two households outside of one’s own--if any--would be wise. A great alternative is to host a virtual gathering, or simply enjoy the time off alone or with those in one’s household.

Though oneself may have the freedom to make their own decisions, the CDC urges people to not travel over this break, in deciding to do otherwise a flu shot is strongly recommended.

Preparation for this flu season is more vital than ever, with the Coronavirus continuing to spread at an alarming rate.

In a stressful time, it is important to relax, but relaxing does not mean these public health and safety guidelines should be ignored, for a quarter million of Americans have now died from the Coronavirus and it does not seem to be getting better anytime soon if people continue to go on as if it is not a serious problem.

Encourage friends and family to take the safer route and stay home!



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