How To Safely Celebrate Thanksgiving in the COVID-19 Era
With Thanksgiving just a few weeks away and coronavirus cases in Louisiana on the rise again, many residents are torn between reuniting with their loved ones and keeping them safe. Although Louisiana hasn’t yet issued any travel restrictions for those visiting from out of town, a handful of other U.S. states are requesting visitors to self-quarantine for 14 days or avoid non-essential travel altogether.
Keeping these facts in mind, Mike Brander Injury Attorneys has created the following Thanksgiving 2020 safety guide, both for those who are staying home and those who will be traveling over the holiday.
Don’t Travel If You Or a Loved One is At-Risk
When deciding whether or not you should do any Thanksgiving traveling, the first thing to consider is the health risk to everyone involved. That means no traveling if you are considered to be at a higher risk of developing complications from the novel coronavirus.
Those who are at risk should also refrain from hosting or attending Thanksgiving get-togethers with anyone other than their household members. Those who may be more susceptible to serious COVID-19 symptoms include:
- Older adults, especially those over the age of 85
- Pregnant women
- People who smoke
- People with the following medical conditions:
- Heart conditions
- Severe obesity
- Sickle cell disease
- Type II diabetes
While the above individuals are the most likely to be severely sickened, other conditions may also lead to an increased risk of severe symptoms, including asthma, high blood pressure, neurological diseases like dementia, liver disease, type I diabetes, and any other health condition that results in a weakened immune system.
If You Do Travel, Drive Instead of Fly
Thanksgiving 2020 safety is important to consider before you get to your destination. Driving instead of catching a flight can help significantly reduce the chance that you’ll come into contact with an infected person. To be even more cautious, try to get tested and self-isolate as much as possible in the weeks prior to traveling by working from home if possible and limiting the trips you take outside your home.
While driving may be safer than flying when it comes to preventing the spread of COVID-19, keep in mind that driving has its own risks during holiday periods. New Orleans car accidents are common around this time of year due to the sheer number of drivers on the road. The good news is that traffic should be noticeably lighter this year, cutting down on delays. Follow these simple tips to help you get from point A to point B safely:
- Get enough sleep to avoid drowsy driving. Go to bed early the night before you leave, and drive in shifts to allow everyone to get some rest during long road trips.
- Have your vehicle inspected by a mechanic prior to leaving. Minor underlying issues can become a big problem on a long drive.
- Never drink and drive. If you decide to pop in at a family gathering just for the evening, keep your drinking to a minimum, and know when to call a cab or rideshare service.
Keep Gatherings Small and Outdoors Whenever Possible
Louisiana’s comparatively mild Autumn weather may allow families to enjoy their Thanksgiving dinners outside, which could help mitigate the risk of eating without a mask. Bring the turkey and the stuffing into the backyard and set up a few tables around your fire pit if you have one. This way everyone can eat and celebrate at the same time while maintaining a safe distance. You should still wear your mask whenever you aren’t eating or drinking.
Note: If you do gather around a fire pit or fireplace, be sure to supervise children carefully to avoid potential burn injuries.
Find Creative Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving From a Distance
For many families this year, getting together with family or friends outside their households won’t be possible or practical. The best way to keep you, your family, your friends, and your neighbors safe during these difficult times is to stay home. This may be a difficult decision, but it’s the most effective way to uphold Thanksgiving 2020 safety for everyone.
With this in mind, if you are unable to see your loved ones in person this year, get creative about how you celebrate. We’ve gathered some fun and easy ways to connect with those you love the most below:
- Have a Virtual Thanksgiving. Just being able to see your loved one’s faces and hear their voices can help you stay connected. Facilitate a Zoom or Facetime Thanksgiving dinner so everyone can enjoy their meal together.
- Bummed that you can’t bring your homemade pumpkin pie or sweet potato casserole to dinner? Send your family members the recipe for their favorite dishes. Sure, your secret recipe might not stay a secret, but your loved ones can think of you while enjoying your signature dish!
- Feed your loved ones and support a local business by ordering a Thanksgiving feast to be delivered to your homebound family members or friends who are unable to cook for themselves. You can have a traditional or unique Thanksgiving meal safely delivered for them to enjoy while helping keep struggling New Orleans restaurants in business!
Happy Thanksgiving from Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys
To say that 2020 has been a difficult year for Louisiana is an understatement. Between the pandemic, rising unemployment, and a series of hurricanes that have battered our state, we need the support of our families, friends, and communities more than ever. Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys encourages Louisianans to stay home and stay safe this Thanksgiving while finding new ways like the ones listed above to stay connected with loved ones.
If you do suffer an injury over the holiday weekend as a result of someone else’s negligence, our New Orleans personal injury attorneys will be available around the clock for those who need help after an accident. Contact our legal team by calling one of the numbers below, send us your case details using this form, or connect with a LiveChat agent for immediate assistance.