Celebrating Thanksgiving safely in 2020

By Jenna Thomas

During a time that emphasizes being with others, Covid-19 cases are on the rise in unprecedented amounts. During these holidays, there are precautions to consider to keep your loved ones safe. 

Celebrate Virtually

A silver lining of the pandemic is that it has revealed new and creative ways to connect with family members. Zoom, Google Hangouts, Facetime, and more are accessible and free options to make the holidays feel halfway normal. It might not be as fulfilling as being with loved ones in-person, but it can be a much safer option. You can even be creative with it, and have friends and family show off their recipes and food concoctions.

Get Tested

The university will be offering free COVID-19 tests to students the days leading up to Thanksgiving. This rapid will give same-day results to students. If you do test positive, the university will use a more accurate to confirm the results (Note:  if you test positive on Tuesday or Wednesday, your confirmation results may not be available by Thanksgiving). Call the Health and Wellness Center (216) 687-3649 to schedule your appointment. 

Get the Flu Vaccine

The CDC also recommends getting a flu shot before your travels. The flu is already dangerous to the elderly, immuno-compromised, and the very young―but combined with COVID-19, it could pose a serious threat to anyone. Read The Cauldron’s article on finding a flu vaccine here.

Attending a Gathering

Though eating and gathering with people outside the immediate household is not recommended by the CDC, there are ways to take precautions. 

  • Bring your own food and dishes. This will limit contact among people attending the gathering. 
  • Eat in a separate room from those who do not live in the same house as you. 
  • Wear a mask when you are not eating.
  • Avoid the kitchen area, or anywhere where the food is being handled.
  • Cover food dishes to avoid contamination.
  • Use single-use options, like salad dressing and condiment packets, and disposable items like food containers, plates, and utensils.

Set Expectations

Whether you are gathering virtually, with people just in your family, or in larger gatherings, it is helpful to set expectations for the holiday ahead of time. Make sure family and friends know your policy on masks, distancing, and other precautions.

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