AARP Article: CDC Thanksgiving Guidance Update Urges Smaller Holiday Gatherings

Recommendations include celebrating within your household, not hosting guests

by Michelle R. Davis

With Thanksgiving just a few weeks away, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated guidance around holiday celebrations and masking, urging people to limit gatherings and to wear face masks in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

As coronavirus cases rise across the country, the CDC says it is safest to celebrate Thanksgiving with the people in your immediate household and not risk gathering with others. Traveling, hosting guests indoors, and sharing food, utensils and plates all pose significant risks, the CDC warns.

“The major difference right now is that COVID cases are increasing in many states,” says Keri Althoff, associate professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. “What’s changing is the underlying risk for even small gatherings.”

Those celebrating Thanksgiving should monitor the evolving situation, be flexible and have backup plans for the holiday, in case people feel sick or are uncomfortable getting together, Althoff says…

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