When all this started in January I don't think anyone has believed that at this time of year we would still be unable to live a normal life. After having spent a Halloween without trick-or-treating, the CDC is asking Americans to celebrate a safe Thanksgiving.
With COVID-19 cases increasing nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention is telling everyone that the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is virtually or with members of their own household, as reported by Thrillist.
If, however, you choose to attend a small gathering, there are some ways to cut down on risks.
To start with, the federal health agency's official guide to the holidays says to avoid potluck-style gatherings and bring food for yourself and your household only.
Also, according to the CDC, all parties should be wearing masks while cooking, and the number of people going in and out of the kitchen should be limited. Individual utensils and condiments, routine hand washing, and social distancing are all recommended as well.
"In-person gatherings that bring together family members or friends from different households, including college students returning home, pose varying levels of risk," the guidelines said.
“#COVID19 cases continue to rise with 94% of U.S. jurisdictions experiencing increases. On 11/11, CDC reported 143,408 new cases, the highest for a single day. Help slow the spread. Wear a mask, wash your hands, and stay 6 feet from others,” says a post on the CDC Twitter account.
Even though following these guidelines can cut down on risks, the best way to not get COVID-19 and not spread the virus, obviously, is to stay home and stick to virtual gatherings.