Thanksgiving Safety Tips During COVID-19

As we continue to bear with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reminds us that the virus does not take any time off for the holidays. The holidays may be a particularly dangerous time for virus transmission due to several common holiday traditions, including, among other things:

  1. • Large indoor gatherings

  2. • Increased travel and contact with others we do not frequently see

  3. • Attending multiple gatherings with various groups of people in a short amount of time

  4. • Crowded retail shopping

The CDC recommends continuing to follow all guidelines regarding wearing masks, maintaining social distance, washing hands frequently, and limiting length and frequency of contact with those outside of your household. Some additional things to be mindful of for this holiday season include:

  1. • Pandemic conditions in different areas if traveling

  2. • The behavior of those you will be gathering with

  3. • The possibility of quarantining after travel

  4. • Limit travel if possible and conduct virtual celebrations with those outside your household

  5. • Allow for outdoor gatherings if permitted by the weather

  6. • Utilize curbside pickup or online shopping alternatives

  7. • Minimize the length of time spent at gatherings

For additional information and recommendations, please visit: cdc.gov/coronavirus/

We hope you all have a safe and happy holiday season, even if it may look and feel very different this year!

A Reminder from the Pathways Team: For in office visits at our locations, Pathways Psychology Services is taking a number of additional steps to ensure that our office protocols provide us all with a safe environment to conduct therapy and assessments. If you are sick, have a temperature or loss of smell/taste, please contact your clinician to discuss your options.

By Tyler Gedvilas, LCPC

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