Sumary of How to Safely Organize a Large Holiday Gathering During the COVID-19 Pandemic:
- Share on PinterestMasks and where people sit are two primary safety considerations for holiday gatherings.
- Stígur Már Karlsson/Heimsmyndir/Getty ImagesMany people are planning large holiday gatherings with COVID-19 safety at the top of the menu.
- How to serve meals and if people should wear masks indoors are other key considerations.
- Yes, it’s possible to host a safe holiday gathering during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Deciding who to include is one of the most difficult questions of the holiday season, said Dr. Iahn Gonsenhauser, the chief quality and patient safety officer at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
- Experts mention that COVID-19 now primarily affects people who have not been vaccinated, as they have 5 to 10 times higher rates of transmission than vaccinated persons.
- Unvaccinated people also make up more than 90 percent of all hospitalizations and deaths due to COVID-19.“This means that to all people, vaccinated or not, unvaccinated individuals pose the greatest risk of perpetuating the pandemic,” Gonsenhauser said.
- “Without suitable risk mitigations strategies like mask use and physical distancing, unvaccinated people should be included only if the host and other guests are making an informed decision about these risks.