CDC Calls on Americans to Eat Thanksgiving Dinner Outside or Via Zoom

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As we approach the holiday season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging Americans to reconsider their Thanksgiving plans in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to recent guidance from the agency, the CDC offered an array of suggestions to “make your Thanksgiving holiday safer.” Primary among these, of course, was the suggestion to wear a mask (and store it safely while eating).

The agency made several other suggestions, including hosting gatherings outdoors or virtually via a video chat app like Zoom:

Consider Other Thanksgiving Activities

  • Host a virtual Thanksgiving meal with friends and family who don’t live with you
  • Schedule a time to share a meal together virtually.
  • Have people share recipes and show their turkey, dressing, or other dishes they prepared.

If a virtual Thanksgiving meal isn’t preferred, the agency suggests Americans host outdoor dinners for the late-November holiday, taking care to limit the number of guests they invite and lecture guests on proper safety precautions before arriving.

Apparently shelving the issue of pollution and carbon emissions aside in favor of curbing the spread of the nefarious virus, the CDC also encourages Thanksgiving hosts to opt for single-use plastic or paper items such as napkins and cutlery wherever possible.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s de facto coronavirus czar, cautioned that Americans will need to make a “risk assessment” when celebrating Thanksgiving—if they decide to celebrate at all.

“You really need to make a decision,” Fauci warned, according to MSNBC. “Do I want to put that person at an increased risk by having people coming in from all parts of the country, usually in a crowded airport, without necessarily knowing if they’re infected, without having time to get tested or time to do quarantine?”

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