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Celebrate Thanksgiving Safely During COVID-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way we live, work, socialize and everything in between. But we are still the same great people looking forward to the Holiday Season hoping to share some treasured moments with family and friends.

With Thanksgiving fast approaching many people are saying they got plans for this great Thanksgiving Day celebration? Whoa … not so fast.

Keep in mind before you send out any invitations or make travel arrangements, that there continue to be thousands of new COVID-19 cases diagnosed in the United States each day.

The experts say the risk of COVID-19 infection is still very real – and should be weighed carefully before you make your Thanksgiving plans.

“We are all ready and eager for life to return to normal,” says Rachel Lynn, M.D. “But 2020 is still nowhere near normal. So, this holiday season is an opportunity to create new traditions, rather than returning to ways of old.”

Keep Thanksgiving Celebrations As Small As Possible During The Pandemic.

“The best way to stay safe this Thanksgiving is to have a small family gathering with only the people in your immediate household,” says infectious diseases and infection control expert Roy Chemaly of the MD Anderson Center in Texas, “Everything – hotels, malls, airports, airplanes and even gas stations – tend to be more crowded at this time of year, but you can minimize your exposure to crowds by celebrating at home.”

Find Safer Ways to Enjoy Cherished Traditions.

How about doing your holiday shopping online, watching local parades from home on TV, or swapping recipes in advance with extended family members and connecting via the Internet on the holiday itself.

“Sharing a meal is a powerful bonding experience that many people crave,” notes Catherine Powers-James, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist in the Integrative Medicine Center. “This last scenario allows you to do so in a very responsible way, while still savoring the most-cherished flavors of the season together.”

Another great option would be to host a small, socially distanced outdoor Thanksgiving celebration, especially in areas of the country that continue to enjoy more temperate weather even in late November. This could reduce the risk of both droplet and aerosol transmission.

Minimize Your Chances of COVID-19 Exposure.

What should be uppermost in your mind, before, during and after Thanksgiving is to minimize your chance of COVID-19 exposure whenever you can. That is especially true if you have cancer patients or other family members who have compromised immune systems and are therefore at a higher risk of contracting the virus.

“Avoid any location where there are going to be crowds, such as shopping malls on Black Friday or marathons and parade routes,” adds Dr. Chemaly. “Maintaining proper social distance is almost impossible in those situations.”

And, if you have a college student or other family member who is coming home from out of town, ask them to get tested before traveling to see you, and consider having everyone in the house wear a mask and observe social distancing measures during their visit.

“A week or a long weekend is not enough time to self-quarantine effectively,” adds Dr. Chemaly. “So, it’s better to be safe than sorry.”

At Thanksgiving more than ever, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our progress possible. We at CMi Air Conditioning and Electrical are a family owned and operated business and in this spirit we say, simply and sincerely – Thank You and Best Wishes for a Happy & Safe Thanksgiving!

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