Attending holiday celebrations increases risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19, CDC said
As the US enters a colder holiday season amid the coronavirus pandemic, updated federal health guidance is encouraging virtual gatherings and outdoor gatherings to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
“Participating in gatherings to celebrate events and holidays increases your risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19,” latest guidelines reads. “The safest way to celebrate is virtually with people who live in or out with you and at least 6 feet from others.”
The health agency recommends driving around the community to celebrate over video chat with family and friends, watch virtual events and see neighbors from a safe distance.
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For those tracking indoor gatherings, the CDC issued recommendations for a safe vacation, including vaccinations for all eligible people who have not yet received shots, adhering to mask guidance, and limiting airflow. Promoting involves opening doors and windows, but also “negotiating further.” Time to understand the expectations of celebrating together.”
The CDC said people who are feeling ill or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend or host gatherings, as well as travel guidance, such as the need for vaccinations. Mask requirements on public transport should also be taken into account, regardless of the situation.
The updated guidance coincides with more than 118,000 new daily infections as of October 1. With the latest seven-day average for new hospital admissions at 7,600 amid a continued spread of the delta variant. Till 27 September, daily COVID-19 Infections and hospitalizations have each fallen by about 30% since late August, and nearly 70 million Americans are unvaccinated against COVID-19, according to CDC data.