Experts from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland are providing advice on Thanksgiving gatherings and travel.
Due to the surge in COVID-19 cases across the country, the holiday that usually brings relatives of all ages together for a meal may be very different this year.
People are considering whether to hold a traditional Thanksgiving turkey and decorations party or vacation, and experts from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University are advising on both methods.
Dr. Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Health and Safety Center, said that families who plan to participate in activities in person should figure out some things in advance.
“What is the risk tolerance of each person going there? Are there high risk factors for serious illness? Before you set off, was everyone on the same page?”
Gathering outside is safer than gathering inside, but Adalia says that if you must be inside, you should make sure you have enough space to keep your distance from society. He suggested creating an area where people living in the same family can sit near each other. Then, other family members who want to interact with it can put on a mask or face mask.
Keri Althoff, associate professor of the Department of Epidemiology, said: “Bringing your own food and keeping a certain distance from other families is an important way to truly reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission.”
If everyone is inside, another important thing is: air circulation.
“Open windows; turn on fans; increase ventilation. Turn on central air-conditioning or heating to maintain continuous circulation, and remind guests that they may need to wear multiple layers of clothing because it may be laborious.” Althoff said.
Since Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away, Althoff said that the planned in-person gatherings should have restricted contact with other people to reduce the chance of catching COVID-19 before the important day.
If you want to travel on Thanksgiving, there are still many issues to consider.
“Review the state’s policy on quarantining visitors from other states, and understand your state’s quarantine policy on your return home, as well as the policies of your employer, your daycare provider and school,” Althoff said.
When considering the safest way to travel, Alsoff said, you should ask whether buses, railways or airlines are operating at full capacity, and whether there are seats or some kind of space between you and other travelers. Also ask what other coronavirus-related precautions the company is taking, and read online reviews from people who have recently used the services of these companies.
Alsoff said: “The risk of driving a private car is less than the risk of taking an airplane, bus or train.”
A new study paid by the aviation industry found that the circulating air in the aircraft can keep the risk of coronavirus at a low level, but to board the aircraft, you may face long airport lines and crowded shuttles, which increases risk.
“Although there is evidence that the air circulating in the aircraft is not the biggest threat, crowded airports with many high contact surfaces are high risk,” Alsoff said.
Adalia said that if you live in an area with many coronavirus cases and restrictions, traveling on Thanksgiving is really not a good idea. He suggested an alternative plan.
Althoff said that if you decide to celebrate in a different way, figure out how to make the holiday meaningful.
“Please make sure that the different families you connect on the virtual platform share the same dish, or you are making cards for invisible people. She said: “Maybe you have a parade to greet your grandparents. “Remember, we will tell the stories of these holidays for future generations, so please make sure that what you do is memorable. “
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