Doctors Urge Caution When Gathering with Family for Thanksgiving

Families are hitting the road this weekend for Thanksgiving, but is it safe to gather with loved ones from out of town during the pandemic this holiday season?

Posted: Nov 23, 2021 6:30 PM

Families are hitting the road this weekend for Thanksgiving, but is it safe to gather with loved ones from out of town during the pandemic this holiday season?

Medical experts are advising that you proceed with caution this Thanksgiving because the tide is turning once again with Coronavirus cases on the rise.

Health leaders say that traveling can be safe if you take the proper precautions against COVID-19 to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Doctors advise that you wear a mask around unvaccinated or high risk family members. They also say the CDC recommends eating outside when possible.

They say with cases once again on the rise, protecting yourself and your family should still be a top priority.

“If there are family members that are unvaccinated or that are at high risk or have some immunosuppression or immunocompromised, those patients are certainly going to be at higher risk, so we still want to make sure we are taking appropriate precautions for them,” says Dr. Phillip Adams with Deaconess Midtown Hospital.

It’s advised to get tested for COVID-19 before and after gathering if you have any symptoms or if you were around someone who tested positive themselves.

Health leaders say, these precautions are the only way to get on the other side of this pandemic.

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