For Immediate Release
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New daily COVID-19 cases nationwide are at an all-time high. North Carolina set a new record for daily cases this past Wednesday, reporting 3,119 new infections.
In light of the surge in cases in North Carolina and around the country, public health officials are highly urging people to limit travel and indoor gatherings for Thanksgiving. This year, it’s safer not to have large meals with people who aren’t in your immediate household.
But if you are planning to gather with family for the holiday, and trying to do so in a lower-risk way, here are some answers to common questions.
WHAT MAKES A HOLIDAY GATHERING SAFE OR RISKY?
Gathering indoors for extended periods of time has consistently proven to be the most common avenue for viral transmission of COVID-19. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and other health officials advise hosting gatherings outdoors when possible, keeping the guest list to no more than 10 people, as well as wearing a mask, staying six feet apart and washing your hands. Also, guests who are more at risk for getting COVID-19 should consider attending gatherings virtually and not in person.
SHOULD I GET TESTED BEFORE SEEING FAMILY? IS THAT ENOUGH?
HOW ELSE SHOULD I PREPARE FOR GATHERING WITH FAMILY?
HOW CAN I PREPARE FOR HOSTING VISITORS?
HOW CAN I TALK ABOUT COVID-19 SAFETY WITH FAMILY MEMBERS WHO MIGHT BE LESS CONCERNED?
Crystal Schiller, professor of psychiatry at UNC School of Medicine, suggests a four-step approach to talking about COVID-19 safety with family members.
IN SUMMARY IF YOU CHOOSE TO CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING:
Do it in a safe way by practicing the 3Ws and requiring everyone to wear their mask at all times, keep your gathering and group to no more then 10 people, host your celebration outside, and consider getting tested no later than Monday, November 23, 2020.
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