CDC releases holiday celebration guidance

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - The Centers for Disease Control issued new guidance on how to celebrate safely during the holidays.  First, they say make sure you are fully vaccinated if you are eligible.

The CDC also recommends hosting a video chat party as opposed to an in-person gathering. If you are attending a gathering at someone else’s home, outdoor parties are always safer than indoor ones. 

Health officials said you generally don’t need your mask at outdoor celebrations, but remind guests to always wear a mask at indoor public places and indoor parties.

If you are hosting a party indoors, try opening a window and letting some fresh air in.  You can even use a fan to blow air out of the window so that more air comes in though open windows.

As always, if you aren’t feeling well, stay home.

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CDC releases holiday celebration guidance

Rust Wire 02 October, 2021 - 09:59pm

The CDC appears to be suggesting that circulating air indoors can ward off the airborne coronavirus, or at least reduce its chances of spreading during home gatherings.

"If celebrating indoors, bring in fresh air by opening windows and doors, if possible," its holiday celebrations guidance states. "You can use a window fan in one of the open windows to blow air out of the window. This will pull fresh air in through the other open windows."

That said, even if the worst of summer's pandemic wave might have passed, the CDC would much rather Americans not gather indoors with loved ones or visitors this winter.

It recommends getting together only with members of a household, meeting remote family and friends virtually or, if necessary, "Have an outdoor celebration with everyone at least 6 feet apart."

Those who have to venture to events should be vaccinated, the CDC said. And they should wear masks in communities with high rates of Covid-19 spread or when the vaccination status of others is unknown, even if parties are outdoors, the CDC said.

The agency said unvaccinated people should not travel and pointed out that masks are still required on public transportation.

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