Now that younger family members are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, we’re getting closer to safely celebrating with larger groups again. But we’re not there yet. MedStar Health shares tips to stay safe this Thanksgiving at a time when Children ages 5-11 are still several weeks from being fully vaccinated and people with mixed vaccination status are getting together.
Pediatric Infectious Diseases Specialist, Dr. Ruth Kanthula, shares tips to keep your family and household healthy this Thanksgiving:
IF ELIGIBLE, GET VACCINATED
Evidence shows that vaccinated people are less likely to spread COVID-19 than those who remain un-vaccinated. Adults and children over 5 should get vaccinated to protect themselves as well as those who cannot receive the vaccine yet.
Mild weather is predicted, making this a perfect year to enjoy spending time outdoors before winter sets in! If you are celebrating inside, make sure there is good ventilation and enough space for social distancing. Stick to celebrations with members of your household.
WASH HANDS REGULARLY
Remember to wash your hands regularly! Wear a mask when you are not eating or drinking.
HOW TO SERVE FOOD
Instead of your usual family style service or a buffet, stick to individual prepared plates. It’s best to have one person (we suggest the person who cooked) serve all guests separately.
IF IN DOUBT, STAY HOME
If you or a family member feels sick, do not attend or host a gathering. When in doubt, get tested!
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