Updated: CDC Adjusts Thanksgiving Guidelines in Light of Increasing COVID-19 Cases

Staying home looks like the best option.

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Update: November 19, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated their guidelines for celebrating Thanksgiving as coronavirus cases continue to rise. Ultimately, the CDC advises against traveling for Thanksgiving or celebrating with anyone you don't live with. If you do plan on doing either, however, the CDC has a list of precautions you can take.

"More than 1 million COVID-19 cases were reported in the United States over the last 7 days," the nation's health protection agency said in the updated guidelines. "As cases continue to increase rapidly across the United States, the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people you live with. Gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu."

Original article: October 10, 2020

If you've spent any part of your adult life trying and failing to get out of your giant family Thanksgiving, 2020 has a gift for you. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has just released its recommendations for Thanksgiving gatherings, and the verdict is in: The pandemic is 100 percent a legit excuse to not make the trip if you don't want to.

The Thanksgiving safety recommendations sort activities into three categories: Lower risk, moderate risk and higher risk.

Low-risk activities include having a small dinner party with people who live in your household, making a dinner and then dropping it off to family and friends without making contact, and shopping online for Black Friday deals.

Medium-risk activities include having a small, outdoor dinner with family and friends who live nearby and visiting pumpkin patches or apple orchards.

Higher risk activities include going shopping in crowded stores, participating in or being a spectator at a crowded race, or attending large indoor gatherings with people from outside your household.

Basically, you shouldn't be lining up with hundreds of people outside Walmart, doing a Turkey Trot, or gathering your extended family for an indoor meal.

Read the full list of recommendations from the CDC. If you're someone who loves and looks forward to Thanksgiving each year, use these guidelines to help you make a plan that won't put you or any of your loved ones at risk.

If you're not such a big fan of Turkey Trots, large family gatherings, and crowds, I hope you'll enjoy this full endorsement from the CDC to spend Thanksgiving on your couch, shopping online, not making small talk with your cousins.

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