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Your complete guide to celebrating Thanksgiving in the time of COVID-19
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Your complete guide to celebrating Thanksgiving in the time of COVID-19

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The end of the year is sneaking up, and people are weighing travel plans to join friends and family for the holidays against the backdrop of a surge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gathering with others — probably the most universal holiday tradition — has never required so much meticulous forethought.

Should you travel for the holidays in 2020? What precautions will make it safer? Who will be there and how careful have they been?

Medical experts shared tips about holiday travel risks and when you really should skip it altogether:

Another option? Have a Zoom Thanksgiving. Here's how.

Answers to your coronavirus travel questions:

The latest CDC recommendations on preventing spread at family gatherings:

  • Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when in public settings, including on public transportation and in transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
  • Avoid close contact by staying at least 6 feet apart from anyone who is not from your household.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups, and utensils.
  • Limit the number of people in food preparation areas.
  • If celebrating indoors, make sure to open windows.

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