blog postsCelebrating Thanksgiving During a PandemicNov 25, 2020 9:15 am by email@example.comImagesIn the last 7 days, more than 1 million COVID cases have been reported in the US. Reports have also stated that airports are packed with travelers, reminding all of us of pre-Covid days. Choosing what to do for Thanksgiving can be difficult, especially with all the precautions telling us to stay home, but our social media is filled with family and friends traveling. Even I am having a difficult time on what I will do. We are faced with the question, what is best to do? As a nursing student and a COVID-tester, I want to stay away from family and not risk them, but as a human who craves love and social connection, I want to be with my family and friends. If you find yourself in a similar position, you're not alone. This is a dilemma no one has ever faced. Everyone is in a different circumstance, there is not a wrong or right way to go about celebrating. Most of us have not seen our family in a long time, trying to limit their exposure. But should thanksgiving really be a reason to visit those family members? Having Thanksgiving over Zoom can be a replacement for a typical meet up with family if you have the capacity to host a zoom meeting. Some of our family members don't have access to a computer, wifi or if they do they might not be able to navigate it. Some of us may be struggling to put food on the table and have an expectation to serve a feast. These are truly difficult times, if you are struggling with anything at all please do not hesitate to reach out to Charese Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org) or myself (email@example.com) we can guide you to resources and be a hearing ear or someone to support you in anything you may need. Delete Edit embedded media in the Files Tab and re-insert as needed. Some other activities that you and your family members can participate in are still preparing a large meal and sharing that with family or neighbors by dropping plates off at their doorstep. You can participate in virtual celebrations and share a meal together and show-off dishes that you might have prepared. Virtually you can watch sports, movies or have a fun game to play. This day is to celebrate being thankful for what we have, this year has been extremely difficult it's okay to feel like you have nothing to be thankful for, but remember we're all facing similar situations and we are not alone. If you decide to travel wear a mask, stay 6 feet in distance from others, and wash your hands frequently. If you are attending a gathering try to bring your own food, drinks, and utensils. Wear a mask properly and wash your hand frequently. If you are planning a gathering limit the number of people, try to host outdoors, and have conversations with the guest about your expectations beforehand. Be vigilant about disinfecting frequently touched areas and if you're celebrating indoors try to keep a few windows open to increase air circulation. If you are sharing food have one person serve the food or use single person use. Please be safe and Happy Thanksgiving!