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Seeing Family For Thanksgiving? It’s Time to Quarantine Now

With record-breaking read of COVID-19 and a hospital system across the country threatening to be deluged by sick COVID patients, it’s time to take all precautions seriously if you want to see your family on Thanksgiving.

Are you planning on seeing your extended family this Thanksgiving season? If so, you need to start quarantining right now. Here’s why.

In the months before October, November, and December, Dr. Anthony Fauci had warned of tough winter and fall months in regards to COVID-19. Clearly, as cases rise daily, and as the United States has shattered the ceiling of 100,000 plus cases per day, Fauci’s worst predictions about the cooler weather and COVID-19 have come true. Unfortunately for many millions of American families, that makes the traditional holiday months — filled with Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year celebrations that normally mark the turning of a new leaf — perilous ones. 

But just because COVID-19 cases are exploding doesn’t mean families can’t gather for the traditional fall and winter holidays. It does mean, however, that if people want to try to see their family members, they will have to quarantine for two weeks before-hand and afterward to stop any COVID spikes from occurring. So, if you want to see your parents, or your kids, or your cousins on Thanksgiving, it’s time for you all to start the quarantining procedure.

Thanksgiving is on the fourth Thursday of November every single year — and this year, it will be held on November 26. So if you’re trying to bring in your 90-year-old parent to hang out with you and your kids, you have about three more days to buy all the groceries you need, run all the errands you have to, buy all the masks and cleaning supplies you want, and begin quarantining by Thursday, November 12 at the latest. Doing so — and ensuring every single one of your family members does so — is the only way to safely eat Turkey, gravy, stuffing, green bean casserole, and yams side by side. 

Two weeks has always been the quarantine standard across the world since COVID-19 emerged as a pandemic force. Since up to 40 percent of people who develop COVID-19 are asymptomatic, and the incubation period for the virus can take up to two weeks, people must quarantine for two weeks to ensure that they don’t pass on the virus knowingly or not to others. 

So if you’re trying to argue with your family about politics over pumpkin pie, stay home for the next two weeks, starting on Thursday. Do not come into contact with anyone outside of your household until Thanksgiving. Implore your family to do the same. Turkey, simply put, is not worth dying over.