MONDAY, Nov. 23, 2020 (HealthDay News)
As college students prepare to leave their campuses for Thanksgiving or study remotely for the rest of the semester, families should consider their risks and work to reduce them, according to an infectious disease expert.
Dr. David Cennimo, an assistant professor in pediatric infectious disease at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, offered suggestions on how families could approach the holiday while COVID-19 is a concern.
Families should analyze their own risks, not necessarily doing what other families are doing, he said. One college student might have young, healthy parents and siblings, while another lives with an 80-year-old grandparent who has health issues, Cennimo said.
Here are some steps families can take:
So should you gather?
Nuclear family celebrations or Thanksgiving dinners over Zoom are best this year, Cennimo said. If you invite extended family members, celebrate outside, if possible. If indoors, spread out, wear a mask when not eating or drinking and open doors and windows to improve ventilation. It’s fresh air you want, not fans circulating air. Consider reintroducing the kids table to protect at-risk family members.
SOURCE: Rutgers University, news release, Nov. 16, 2020
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