Turkey Day Gatherings Pose Risk of COVID

By: Alex Galassini

With 2020 finally nearing the end of its reign, it’s on track to being one of the most infamously unlucky years in modern history. Families have been separated for over half a year now, leading to missed birthdays and other celebrations. Luckily this October, many cities, including Fort Wayne, did not cancel trick or treating. Many homes opted for the “take one” option, where they set out buckets of candy in front of their homes, in order to promote social distancing candy collecting. In turn, a successful night of more treats than tricks, went underway.

With the infamous night of October 31st behind us, we now look to a new holiday challenge, Thanksgiving, or as many people call it, “Turkey Day.” Thanksgiving poses an even bigger challenge than Halloween. On Halloween night, “Trick or Treaters” were never in one place for more than a few minutes. With the constant moving around and ability to be more spread out outdoors, the likelihood of contracting or spreading Covid-19 was slim. However, when celebrating Thanksgiving, larger groups of people congregate together under a single roof for hours on end, or several days. This poses a greater threat of contracting and spreading Covid-19 since the ability to social distance and enforce mask wearing will be inhibited.

According to the University of Mississippi’s Medical Center, “ contact with someone positive for the virus for about 10 minutes or longer can result in transmission.” Ten minutes is certainly not long enough to carve the turkey and cut into a slice of pie. Now many families, in an effort to avoid the risk of spreading or receiving the virus from family and friends, are limiting the celebration of Thanksgiving to those who live with them, which is recommended by the CDC.

Many students have opted for taking  a break from the festivities this year. Those who travel to see family, have decided to celebrate at home instead.

Senior Emma Hedrick normally  travels to Georgia to meet with family from there and Florida, but this year she decided to change her plans.

“I decided to stay home to avoid traveling and spend time with my sister, “ Hedrick said. “I felt uncomfortable traveling with the virus not getting any better.”

Hedrick is one of the many whose actions show that being cautious can go a long way in these uncertain times. Still, according to polls done by the Washington Post, “Over 40% of Americans plan to attend a Thanksgiving gathering with 10 or more people.”

Senior, Brett Taylor said, “I want everyone to be as safe as possible but still enjoy some good family time. It’d be nice to forget about Covid and have things feel different.”

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