Best practices for a safe Thanksgiving

American Red Cross, CDC and Hannaford dietitians emphasize dietary care and coronavirus safety during holiday season.

Posted: Nov 20, 2020 10:45 PM

Americans have been hearing this constantly leading up to Thanksgiving: This holiday season will be very different from year's past.

With coronavirus cases on the rise, the CDC is warning residents that if precautions are not taken during the holidays, that things can become much worse.

Urging recommendations such as:

  • Avoid large gatherings
  • Prepare recipes and delivering them contact-free for loved ones and neighbors instead of inviting them over
  • Shop online rather than in stores

Cooking safety is also a priority.

The American Red Cross offers tip such as:

  • Do not leave food unattended
  • Avoid wearing loose clothing when cooking
  • Turn pot handles to the back of the stove to prevent them from getting knocked over

When it comes to eating, a common question throughout this pandemic is: Can the virus can be transmitted through food?

“(Coronavirus is) absolutely not a foodborne illness,” said Laurie Zirilli, Registered Dietitian at Hannaford’s in New Hartford. “Covid has no part of being transferred through food. But what we do need to be concerned with when we have family is utensils. You don't want to share serving utensils.”

On top of all of this, continue practicing washing your hands frequently, not touching your face, wearing masks, and keeping a distance.

For more preventive tips head to the CDC's website. 

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