CDC recommends virtual Thanksgiving to help slow the spread of COVID-19

September 29, 2020
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While families begin to prepare for Thanksgiving, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidance on how to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to CBS News, the CDC says to help slow the spread of COVID-19, families planning to travel for the holiday should hold a virtual Thanksgiving instead.

The organization also explained how travel could increase the chance of coronavirus transmission, and families should stay home to protect themselves and others.

If you need to travel during the global outbreak, the CDC shared a list of potential risks and how to stay safe.

During the holiday, the agency recommended that families skip the travel and have a smaller Thanksgiving dinner with people who live in the same household. The CDC said having a virtual dinner is the smartest way to celebrate the holiday while social distancing.

The CDC also suggests “preparing traditional family recipes for family and neighbors, especially those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and delivering them in a way that doesn’t involve contact with others.”

In addition to Thanksgiving Day celebrations, the CDC also has recommendations for Thanksgiving weekend, advising consumers to shop online rather than in-person on Black Friday.

The effects of the pandemic are sure to be felt in many ways this holiday season.

The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is going virtual amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"It will not be the same parade we're used to, it will be a different kind of event," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a briefing. "They're reinventing the event for this moment in history and you will be able to feel the spirit and the joy of that day on television, online, not a live parade, but something that will really give us that warmth and that great feeling we have on Thanksgiving Day."

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