On Thanksgiving, protect yourself and others so you can celebrate next year


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On Thanksgiving, protect yourself and others so you can celebrate next year

On Thanksgiving, protect yourself and others so you can celebrate next year

More than any other American holiday, Thanksgiving is focused on connections: Family and friends coming together to give thanks and share a meal. Many of us  – lonely after months of coronavirus-forced isolation, emotionally battered by a divisive election season  –  feel we need those connections more than ever. 



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The temptation is almost overwhelming to believe that travel can be safe and that holiday  gatherings are OK if everyone is careful.

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But this just isn’t true. Even if everyone keeps their masks on, even if everyone gets tested right before they travel, it’s not safe to crowd people together in an enclosed space for hours. The virus is airborne, and spreads further when people talk or laugh. It lingers on surfaces. It’s transmissible through hugs and even handshakes.

The Centers for Disease Control recommendation for safety this Thanksgiving is straightforward: Limit gatherings to the people you live with, or already see frequently. Connect with everyone else via phone or through online platforms like Zoom. In the weeks following Thanksgiving, take extra care whenever you are out in public, with the understanding that many people who didn’t take precautions could be visiting the same stores, offices and restaurants as you  – and could be contagious even without symptoms.

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