How to safely celebrate Thanksgiving with family

More answers to your COVID-19 questions from Dr. Jen Ashton.
2:48 | 10/16/20

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Dr. Jen here with a look at your covid-19 questions. First question, Dr. Fauci says we should rethink our Thanksgiving plans. How can we safely celebrate with family? So this is such a tough one. This is really a tradition for so many people. I think the bottom line here is that if you are thinking about doing Thanksgiving the way you did it last year, it's not smart or safe right now. Can it be done in a semi safe way? Absolutely. It's just dependent on a lot of factors. Masks. Literally keeping them on indoors unless you're eating or drinking. Not sitting down at that table elbow to elbow for several hours. Keeping ventilation going, windows and doors open. I told my mother I was thinking of doing that and she said the food would get cold. Ventilation is important. Virtually is the safest way. As painful as that is. I think it can be done. It's just a matter of who is coming, whether they have risk factors and what the virus is doing in your area. It's one other thing we need to adjust to. It's not going to look the same. Question two, do we know how the vaccine will be distributed to the public? Plans were due today from all 50 states to the CDC who then will be putting out their official recommendations in the next month. A lot of factors have to be considered. Supplies, training staff, how the vaccine will be stored. One vaccine needs an extreme cold chain. Very cold temperatures to be safely maintained. Data tracking. Robert Redfield, the doctor who is the director of CDC, he estimates a need of $6 billion for resources to help states with that. The devil is in the details and we haven't heard specifics yet. One more, if I get tested before attending a party or gathering, do I still need to wear a mask? Oh, let me take this one. Dr. Holmes? I got it. Yes, sir? Testing is not a prevention strategy folks. Doesn't matter when you got your test. Doesn't matter who else was tested negative. You need to wear your mask if you are in close proximity to anybody. My work here is done. You've been preaching this for the longest. It's so important guys. We saw it in the rose garden. It's an added layer. It's important. It will be important as we move forward. It's not a prevention strategy. It's a surveillance strategy. I have that tattooed now. Tmi. You can submit questions to Dr. Jen on her

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