Stay Safe This Thanksgiving

  • by 904 Newsroom
  • November 24, 2020

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching. You can still have your turkey and mashed potatoes, but a few other things may need to look different this year. We talked with Melani Dickenson, MPH, CPH, CIC and Emily Mazariegos MPH, CPH, infection preventionists at Baptist Health, to learn how to stay safe this holiday season.

  • Keep this year’s feast to a small group of people who you know are taking precautions and following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, including social distancing, wearing a mask over the nose and mouth and practicing good hand hygiene.
  • Enjoy the fall weather by having your meal or gathering outside on a porch, balcony, or in the backyard. Ventilation indoors can be poor and cause COVID-19 to spread more easily. If you must eat inside, try to maintain a distance of 6-feet between guests while they’re eating and ask them to wear masks when they’re not.
  • If you’re feeling sick or live far away, consider using Zoom, FaceTime, or Skype to drop into your Thanksgiving dinner instead of attending in person. It’s hard to miss out on holidays, but it’s crucial not to put anyone’s health in jeopardy.

Remember, even when around friends and family, it’s important to not let your guard down. To help protect your health and others, consider bringing your own food and utensils, and make sure to follow the CDC’s guidance on masking and social distancing at all times.

It's important to Stay In The Know about your health and the resources available to you, especially during a pandemic. Learn more about the COVID-19 and mental health resources available from Baptist Health.



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