Thanksgiving is a time to spend with loved ones and reflect on positives in your life. However this year is different as we are celebrating during a global pandemic. COVID-19 is forcing everyone to modify behaviors to best limit spread of the Coronavirus. Thanksgiving without extended family, limited travel, social distancing and other changes to our annual routine have made this a different kind of Thanksgiving. The question is, what happens next? What are a few COVID-19 related things to consider for after Thanksgiving?
Sadly, not everyone will treat this Thanksgiving differently. Some will participate in risky behavior during the holiday. COVID-19 is highly contagious. The Thanksgiving holidays provide a perfect storm of spreading. It is anticipated that throughout the United States, there will be a significant spike in COVID-19 infections. Experts are saying this could be the darkest time in American medical history.
We need to be mindful of the higher possibility of infection in the weeks following Thanksgiving. Practice all COVID-19 safety steps as diligently as you can. Stay home as much as possible during this time. Wear a mask when outdoors in public spaces. Continue to social distance as best as you can. Wash and sanitize your hands regularly. Conduct temperature screenings at all places of business or public indoor spaces. Avoid going out if you are feeling ill in any capacity.
With the predicted spike in COVID-19 cases, we all must continue to modify our behavior. It's easy to suffer a level of fatigue after months of practicing safety protocols. It is imperative that throughout December and January we continue to be hyper focused on limited the spread of COVID-19. Sadly these months will be the worst we have seen in regards to the rise COVID-19 infections throughout the US.