COVID and the Holidays

COVID and the Holidays

Thanksgiving is a time when many families travel long distances to celebrate together. Because of COVID-19, traveling is a high-risk activity that could make this otherwise family friendly holiday dangerous for those vulnerable to the virus.

For your safety and that of your loved ones, you may want to consider simply celebrating with only the people in your household or having a virtual dinner with extended family and friends. And for those in your family who are at a higher risk of severe illness from the virus and unable to join in on the celebrating, you can still prepare traditional family recipes and deliver them in a way that doesn't involve direct contact.

If your Thanksgiving Day traditions include hitting all of the big sales on Black Friday, you should consider shopping online to avoid crowds. Other high-risk activities you should probably avoid attending include parades, races and sporting events, and other large gatherings with people not in your household.

This Thanksgiving is a wonderful opportunity to give thanks for the blessings you do have, including your family and frontline health care workers, until families can gather together again for Thanksgiving.

For more information and other safe ways to celebrate the upcoming holidays, visit cdc.govread about the CDC’s holiday celebrations guidelines.

Coronavirus Symptoms

  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills (rigors)
  • Muscle pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • New onset fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Sore throat

Symptoms usually start 2-9 days after exposure. If you experience any of these symptoms, please isolate yourself and get tested.

Coronavirus Resources

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