24 Nov / Thanksgiving in the time of COVID
Happy Thanksgiving from the team at FIX Health!
Thanksgiving is typically a time for fun, family, and food – arguably, a sporting event. Why have one pie when you can have seven? Why have a turkey when you can stuff a chicken inside a duck, and the duck inside a turkey? Why have one family over when you can invite the whole neighborhood?
This year though, it’s time to trim your guest list and pack up your holiday pants – you know the ones, the ones with the conveniently missing top button. Amidst the worst pandemic in a century, holiday gatherings in 2020 will have to cater to smaller guest lists and emphasize practicality, intimacy, simplicity, and gratitude. Honestly, a small sacrifice if it means protecting your loved one.
No one wants Thanksgiving and other holiday gatherings to turn into superspreader events, so start with this simple advice: think small.
Sticking with this mindset – keep reading to check out a brief activity risk assessment, provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), that will help keep you and your loved ones safe this holiday season.
Low-risk activity options include:
- Dining only with people living in your home.
- Hosting a virtual meal for extended family and friends.
- Preparing traditional dishes to deliver safely to family and neighbors.
- Shopping Black Friday sales online instead of at the mall.
- Catching football games and parades at home.
Activities with moderate risk, according to the CDC, include:
- Dining with a few people living outside of your home. *Lower the risk further by feasting outdoors like a cookout or plating people’s food to avoid multiple hands in serving bowls.
- Attending sports events even with safety precautions in place.
Avoid high-risk activities like these:
- Shopping in crowded stores.
- Traveling through crowded airports or roadside rest stops.
- Attending crowded sporting event or parades.
- Going to large indoor gatherings with people from outside your household.
Listen- social isolation stinks. There’s no doubt about it. But, stay safe during Thanksgiving 2020 and we can guarantee that your family will be even more grateful for your traditions in the years to come.
As always, if you have any questions or comments, we’re here to help!