The holidays are approaching, so it makes sense that you might want to celebrate them with your friends and families, be it Halloween or Thanksgiving, or both! However, if you are still unvaccinated for the COVID-19 virus, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends not to spend any time in large crowds, especially not indoors!
Of course, if you decide a party is worth the risk, there are still some ways you could minimize the chances you’ll end up contracting and spreading COVID after the Halloween or Thanksgiving celebrations.
According to new guidelines released by the CDC earlier this week, whether you’ve got the shots or not, it is preferable to go for an outdoor or, better yet, a virtual gathering instead of an indoor party, especially if there is going to be a lot of people attending.
More precisely, the guidelines state that “Attending gatherings to celebrate events and the holidays increases your risk of getting and of spreading COVID-19. The safest way to celebrate is definitely virtually, with people who already live with you, or outside and at least six feet apart from others.”
In the case of an indoor gathering, however, at least make sure to open the windows and even turn on a fan as the CDC explained, these methods are likely to lower the chances of transmission by promoting the circulation of fresh air inside.
“If celebrating indoors, bring in some fresh air by opening the windows and doors, if possible. You can also use a window fan in one of the open windows to blow the air out of the window. This will pull some fresh air in through the other open windows.”
These new updates come as the United States is getting ready for the second holiday season since the pandemic started last year in March.
This means that people are, once again, faced with a difficult choice – spend quality time with their friends and families or limit all interactions in order to avoid, as much as possible, getting them and others sick.
COVID cases continue to be high all over the country as only a little over half of the American population (56 percent) has been vaccinated and with children under the age of 12 still not being eligible for vaccinations.
Another way we can reduce the spread of the virus, especially to those who are not able to get the shots, be it because of autoimmune diseases or their young ages, is to simply wear a mask, especially during indoor gatherings.
In fact, it is recommended that all citizens over the age of 2, vaccinated or not, should wear masks while in the company of other people.
And since the holidays are right around the corner, it’s safe to say there are going to be a lot of gatherings, so the CDC advises everyone to have open conversations about respecting COVID-19 safety guidelines with the hosts before accepting any party invitations.
“Have conversations ahead of time in order to understand all the expectations for celebrating together.”