The holidays will look different this year.
Thanksgiving is historically one of the busiest travel weekends of the year with relatives coming from all over, students returning from packed dorms and everyone piling into cozy homes. Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allery and Infectious Diseases is warning traditional Turkey Day festivities could lead to outbreaks of COVID-19.
“I think each family needs to think seriously about and make a decision based on the level of risk they want to put themselves through,” Fauci said during a Friday online forum with Johns Hopkins University.
So, how do you celebrate safely? Dr. Mona Gahunia, infectious disease physician with Kaiser Permanente Mid Atlantic says there should be a limit of 10 of people inside your home, though that does not guarantee safety.
When welcoming visitors or even extended family members into your home, don’t let your guard down.
“If it’s folks that you’re living with every day, that’s different than people coming in from out of town. In those situations, all of the rules of protecting yourself from COVID still apply, even though it’s with your family. It may be a little awkward, but wearing masks in the home, distancing, still apply in that setting,” said Gahunia.
She suggests nixing the buffet or family-style food and designate a server to avoid everyone handling the same utensils.
“I think people are going to have to make a choice of where they fit in the risk/benefit ratio of having someone come in, maybe from out of town, who’s been in a crowded airport, to come into a home, who do you have in the home. Are there vulnerable people, are there elderly, are there people with underlying conditions?” Fauci said.