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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new guidelines Late Saturday nights this year with best practices for safe holiday gatherings that encourage outdoor and virtual events over indoor gatherings as COVID-19 and the highly contagious Delta variant remain a threat.

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The agency recommends “the safest way to celebrate” is to hold virtual celebrations, gather outside in a socially-distance manner, or celebrate with people from only one household.

For those who decide to celebrate in person, the CDC encourages people to get vaccinated, if possible, to “have a conversation” with those they “celebrate together.” “To understand the expectations of” and not to participate in or be included in any program. Gather if they are sick or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

people should follow CDC Guidance Wearing masks, which instructs non-vaccinated people to wear masks indoors in public places and considers wearing them outside in crowded settings, and enough for people who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 To wear masks in areas of transmission.

Those who gather indoors should keep windows and doors open for better ventilation, and the CDC recommends that people install a window fan in an open window so that it can force air out of the window, which is “other open windows.” Will draw fresh air through.”

The CDC encourages people to hold off on holiday travel until they are fully vaccinated, but not if unvaccinated people do have to travel—including children who have not yet been vaccinated. Not eligible for the shot – CDC has suggestions safe journey Such as taking short trips by car and flights with fewer stops or layovers.

The agency notes that all passengers, including those fully vaccinated, will be required to wear a mask on public transport.

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COVID-19 cases remain high in US despite vaccination as highly transmissible delta variant rises, though nationwide cases are now Declining. The CDC’s warning came after last year’s holiday season caused a Covid-19 spike in January, in which case rates reached the highest point in the pandemic, although vaccines were not yet widely available at the time. COVID-19 vaccines remain highly effective in preventing serious illness, hospitalization and death – and the new rollout of booster shots will likely increase protection – although studies show that the vaccines prevent infection with the delta variant. effectiveness is reduced. Uninfected people are still at higher risk of both infection and serious illness.

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A recent Harris survey found that 54% of fully vaccinated respondents intend to make vaccination status a factor when planning their vacation this year, and 50% of non-vaccinated households Are hesitant to attend meetings with members or friends of COVID-19 could also impact the holiday shopping season, as 66% of fully vaccinated respondents said they would be very or somewhat uncomfortable attending major sales events such as Black Friday.

holiday celebration (CDC)

Half of vaccinated Americans do not spend holidays with unvaccinated family and friends, finds poll (Businesshala)