Small gatherings are fueling the spread of coronavirus, according to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield. So with Halloween and Thanksgiving coming up, how can people plan for the holidays?
Dr. Megan Ranney, an emergency physician and Brown University researcher, said that her kids are still going trick-or-treating, but they are wearing their cloth masks and washing their hands before eating candy. She is doing a Zoom Thanksgiving with her parents.
“If you're still sitting a foot away from other people without a mask, you can still spread it, especially if you're in that very infectious period. Just because someone is close family does not mean that they’re safe, either,” she said on CNN’s “New Day.”
Olga Khazan, a writer for The Atlantic, spoke with experts who gave advice about holding indoor events.
“One of the researchers that I talked to for this said that part of deciding…where you're going to spend your kind of risk for Covid is how important it is to you. If Thanksgiving is a really important holiday to you, maybe take extra precautions, get tested, quarantine ahead of time, and maybe you can do something small,” she said.
Researchers told Khazan that if you are planning on holding an indoor event, keep it small and keep an eye on the infection rate in your town.
“What experts really told me is that if you're going to have an indoor gathering, first of all, you want to keep it small. It's going to be a risk, no matter what,” she said. “But you want to make sure that the number of new cases in your immediate area is between 5 and 10 per 100,000 people. And that the test positivity rate, that's the number of tests that are coming back positive per all the tests that are taken, is less than 5%.”