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Erie Times E-Edition Article-How to reduce holiday virus risk

Posted by M. C. on November 26, 2020

Wearing face masks as much as possible. Staying 6 feet apart doesn’t do much good when 10 to 25 people gather in a house

So masks and anti-social distancing apparently don’t work in stores, restaurants, hospitals…

This so control oriented, the controllers can’t keep their stories straight.

“The Public Health Communications Collaborative recommends quarantining from anyone who didn’t attend the meal for 14 days afterward,” Lyon said.

Say What? If someone didn’t attend the meal it was because:

A. They were in fear of infection, not infected.

B. They didn’t want to be around those people.

If anyone were sick they likely would have mentioned it, therefore a government control directive to stay away would hardly be necessary.

https://erietimes-pa-app.newsmemory.com/?publink=3df3a0f30

Some common-sense safety tips for your Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving 2020 is not a typical holiday for many of us. We are alone in our houses with our immediate family, quarantining from our parents, grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles.

But some people are choosing to gather Thursday, as they have for generations, despite the pandemic. You might be reading this article as a household full of people eat breakfast, watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and cook food in the kitchen.

Melissa Lyon, director of the Erie County Department of Health, said she hopes that isn’t the case.

“I strongly discourage that type of gathering this Thanksgiving,” Lyon said Tuesday. “But if you can’t avoid it, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk – though not as much as staying home and spending Thanksgiving with the members of your household.”

How likely is it that your holiday gathering includes someone with COVID-19?

Erie County posted a COVID-19 infection rate last week of 379 cases per 100,000 people.

That means any gathering of 15 county residents has a 29% chance of having at least one person actively infected with the virus, said Howard Nadworny, M.D., a Saint Vincent infectious diseases specialist and adviser to the county health department.

A gathering of 25 county residents has a 44% chance of a person with an active infection, Nadworny added.

“The risk of infection is highest when you gather indoors in close quarters with other people and no one is wearing face masks,” Nadworny said. “That’s why we are so concerned about Thanksgiving.”

Lyon and Nadworny offered suggestions to reduce the risk of infection. They include: Spending as much of the day outdoors as you can. The National Weather Service forecast for Erie on Thursday is for morning rain and a high temperature in the mid-50s.

“Eat outside if you can, maybe use space heaters,” Nadworny said.

“Plan some outdoor activities,” Lyon said. “Go on a hike.”

Wearing face masks as much as possible. Staying 6 feet apart doesn’t do much good when 10 to 25 people gather in a house unless you remain in different rooms, even on different floors.

“Wear your face masks right up until the time you start eating,” Nadworny said. “Then put them back on right after you’re done.”

Don’t eat at one table. Spread everyone out in small groups, preferably by household, Lyon said.

“This isn’t the time for a big table meal,” Lyon said. “Spread people out in different rooms or outdoors, if you can.”

Make the visit shorter than usual. The longer a person spends near someone with COVID19, the more likely they are to get infected, Nadworny said. “We talk about 15 minutes of contact, but that’s not a magic number,” Nadworny said. “Try to limit your time as much as possible, especially if you are indoors.”

Lyon also offered another piece of advice, though she didn’t expect many people to follow it.

“The Public Health Communications Collaborative recommends quarantining from anyone who didn’t attend the meal for 14 days afterward,” Lyon said.

Contact David Bruce at dbruce@timesnews. com. Follow him on Twitter @ETNBruce.

Melissa Lyon, director of the Erie County Department of Health, said there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of COVID-19 if you’re attending a large Thanksgiving celebration.

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