A California lawmaker – who also happens to be a physician – says he is scaling down his family’s Thanksgiving celebrations this year and urges other Californians to do the same.
Dr. Richard Pan represents the Sacramento area in the State Senate and led the fight to tighten the state’s vaccine laws during the measles outbreak.
Now he is championing common sense COVID precautions and says with cases rising dramatically, it is no time to throw caution to the wind.
“Thanksgiving represents a challenge because people do want to get together, but the safest thing to do is to just stick with your own household and visit your family and friends virtually,” he said. “We don’t need people mixing together in different households. We know that this COVID particularly spreads when people from different households get together, so we’ve seen super spreader events from weddings, from birthday parties and even from, unfortunately, memorial services.”
He and his family plan to celebrate at home with no outside relatives or friends, which is the safest way to mark the holiday.
But if you absolutely must have guests, there are still ways to reduce your risk.
“You should starting now say, anything else where I may be exposed, any other gatherings, et cetera, I’m not going to any of those, right? So we’re going to completely isolate leading up to this,” said Pan.
In other words, you and your guests should all quarantine between now and Thanksgiving, and get tested before showing up for dinner.
On Thanksgiving Day, everyone in the group should still wear their masks as much as possible and maintain a safe distance from anyone who is not in your household.
Despite all of the warnings and public health advisories, Dr. Pan says he has no doubt that we will still hear reports of Thanksgiving super spreader events.