CDC issues guidance on celebrating Thanksgiving

Nov. 20, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a guidance about Thanksgiving in which the agency urged people to celebrate virtually or with members of their own household.

Noting that more than 1 million COVID-19 cases were reported in the United States over the last 7 days, the CDC said, “As cases continue to increase rapidly across the United States, the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people you live with (who are consistently taking measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19) poses the lowest risk for spread.”

The American Hospital Association, American Medical Association and American Nurses Association also called on people to scale back holiday celebrations to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

“We are all weary and empathize with the desire to celebrate the holidays with family and friends, but given the serious risks, we underscore how important it is to wear masks, maintain physical distancing and wash your hands. Following these science-based, commonsense measures is the best way to prevent our healthcare systems and dedicated healthcare professionals from being overwhelmed by critically ill patients. We must protect the doctors, nurses and other caregivers who have tirelessly battled this virus for months,” the three organizations said in an open letter. 

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