Everything You Need to Know to Happily and Safely Survive Our Covid Thanksgiving

A Health and Wellness post 

By Dr. Robert Oliva

Thanksgiving is upon us and the holiday season is looming. During this time of year, we are all accustomed to gathering to share time with family and friends, enjoy meals together, and renew relationships.

Unfortunately, with Covid-19 cases increasing dramatically, all of us must act prudently with respect to our health and the health of our loved ones. Recent reports estimate only a 10% drop in the number of Americans traveling during the days leading up to Thanksgiving. Hopefully, travelers will take all necessary precautions.

It’s up to all of us to act responsibly and ensure our holiday celebrations are safe and healthy for everyone. The CDC has published some guidelines for all of us to follow. With forethought and planning, this Thanksgiving can be fun and become a fond memory.

We thought it would be helpful to distill the CDC’s advice down to these simple steps.

Basic Precautions
It’s paramount to continue following established CDC Covid-19 guidelines during the holiday season. You need to wear a mask, perform proper social distancing, and wash your hands regularly. This holds true wherever you are.

The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to stay home and be with those you live with. People traveling from out of state, attending college, family and friends who don’t live with you should not be invited to the repast.

However, if you do intend to travel….

Plan ahead and keep the following in mind:

  • Get tested beforehand and self-quarantine for several days
  • Use a car and drive solo, if possible.
  • Travel at non-peak times, especially if using trains, planes, etc.
  • Be sure your destination doesn’t have special travel and other restrictions
  • Have a sufficient supply of hand sanitizers, facemasks, and sanitizing wipes
  • Get a flu shot.

Attending a Gathering….

If you choose to attend a celebration be cautious:

  • Think seriously about the people at the gathering and if you will be putting them at risk
  • Bring your own food, drinks, plates, and utensils
  • Wear a mask
  • Stay away from food preparation areas
  • Use single use items for salad dressings, condiments, etc.
  • Wash your hands and social distance.

Hosting a Gathering….

Hosting a celebration must be done properly to avoid infection:

  • Keep the guest list small. The fewer attendees the better
  • Don’t invite those who have been exposed to the virus in the past 14 days
  • Have a small out-door party, if possible
  • Social distance regardless of the location
  • Stock up on hand sanitizers for use by guests.
  • Disinfect tables, doorknobs, counter tops, toilets and sinks before and after the celebration.
  • Make sure ventilation is adequate
  • Do not use buffet style serving. Designate a single server
  • Avoid singing and shouting!


There are other ways to celebrate:

We hope you’ve found this helpful to arrange a delicious Thanksgiving, with many more to come. And remember….we’re all in this together!

The information provided in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace medical diagnosis or treatment.