Tips for Thanksgiving

Tips for celebrating Thanksgiving during unprecedented times. Stock photo by August de Richelieu from

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching; while we are all excited to see and reconnect with family and friends that we haven’t had the opportunity to see in person, it is important to remember that the COVID-19 pandemic is still active and reaching new heights in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released new guidelines to safely celebrate the holiday.

The CDC has made it clear that safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is either celebrate with the people you live with, or join your friends or family virtually for the holiday. However, they know that not everyone wants to do that because Thanksgiving might be first chance since March that people have had the opportunity to see their family. Therefore, the CDC drafted a list to consider when planning your gathering. The list of what to consider includes the local levels of COVID-19; possible exposure during traveling; the location, duration and number of people attending; and the behaviors of the people present before and during the events. The behaviors to look out are whether or not they are social distancing, wearing masks or some other sort of face protection, and handwashing.

The CDC also has guidelines and what to consider for hosting an in-person events. These include checking local COVID-19 rates; limiting the number of guests attending to allow social distancing; hosting the events outdoors and in well ventilated areas; limiting the contact of guests attending, like avoiding shaking hand and hugging; requiring guests to wear masks and wash their hands; and cleaning surfaces before and after all events. These tips can help protect yourself and others from contracting and spreading the virus. Another idea would be to host or attend a completely virtual event, where everyone is in their own homes.

The CDC has other suggestions for who should attend the event, if it is in person. These suggestions include not inviting people who are currently positive for COVID-19, people showing symptoms for COVID-19, those still waiting for test results for the virus, anyone who has been exposed in the fourteen days leading up to the event or anyone who is an advanced risk for becoming severely ill from the virus, which includes people with pre-existing conditions. These suggestions can help keep all attendees of in-person events safe.

No matter what you are doing for Thanksgiving break, there is probably going to be schoolwork or finals approaching that you need to prepare for over the break. Here are a few tips to stay focused and allow yourself the opportunity to get work done. First, plan ahead for what you need to get done, how long you will need to complete it and when you want to complete it. Next, get rid of distractions like your phone or turn off your television so that you can focus on the task at hand. Lastly, give yourself a break while you’re work, as breaking up your time can actually help you focus; also, allowing yourself to rest and get plenty of sleep during Thanksgiving break can be helpful in energizing you to complete everything.

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