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CDC Thanksgiving guidelines: How to stay safe and coronavirus-free over the holiday

October 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner -- and if public health agencies have their way -- celebrations this year promise to be extremely different from past years, as the coronavirus surges in states across the country.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released guidance on holiday gatherings and what Americans need to be aware of before traveling, hosting or attending parties -- or just gathering with family and friends over the Thanksgiving holiday.

"Some people in this country are going to be able to have a relatively normal type of a Thanksgiving, but in other areas of the country, it's going to be, 'You better hold off and maybe just have immediate family, and make sure you do it in a way that people wear masks, and you don't have large crowds of people,' " Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in a recent interview with CNN.

The lowest risk for contracting the highly infectious virus or spreading it is simply celebrating Thanksgiving in your own home with members of your household and/or virtually with extended family, the CDC said.

Holiday activities with moderate risks for catching the coronavirus include visiting a pumpkin patch or orchard where people are using hand sanitizer before touching pumpkins or picking apples, wearing masks and social distancing.

High risk holiday activities include those where the probability of catching or spreading the coronavirus is greatest, the CDC said.

Large, indoor gatherings, dinners or parties, especially with people from outside your immediate family, pose the highest risk.

"Indoor gatherings generally pose more risk than outdoor gatherings," the agency said.

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