Thanksgiving amid COVID-19: How to safely enjoy the holiday, according to experts

Marcia Greenwood
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Baystateparent Magazine

The holidays can promote a lot of interpersonal stress.

Thanksgiving, in particular, “has always been dicey for families,” said Sara Hopkins, director of outpatient mental health services for Rochester Regional Health. “Emotions run high anyway, and this year is all the more stressful.”

In 2020, the question isn’t whether it’s wise to talk politics with Uncle Joe during the dessert course – it’s whether it makes sense to gather for Thanksgiving, period.

Medical experts agree that having people congregate in small, poorly ventilated indoor spaces for extended periods of time should be avoided during the coronavirus pandemic, especially as COVID-19 cases rise across the country.

In multiple interviews, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has expressed concern that upcoming holiday celebrations could further increase transmission rates of the novel respiratory illness and is advising Americans to forgo their big, traditional Thanksgiving Day plans.