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Salt–rubbed, roasted turkey with roasted parsnips, pan sauce, center and spiced pumpkin soup with maple syrup in roasted pumpkins, are part of the Thanksgiving dinner table for 2007. A feast for thanksgiving dinner, photographed in the LAT studio, Friday, Nov. 2, 2007. (Photo by Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

If you’re planning to take off to grandma’s house for the Thanksgiving holiday, health experts say start to quarantine NOW (Thursday, November 12).  They say if you want to avoid passing coronavirus on to them you should quarantine for 14 days.

The experts say this is especially critical now that the United States is going through the worst part of the pandemic. There have been 1 million new infections in just 10 days. Hospitals in several states are turning patients away because their emergency rooms and intensive care units are at capacity.

Here’s what the experts at George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health say in order to stay safe for the  Thanksgiving holiday:

WHY QUARANTINE?

If you want to get together with other households for an indoor Thanksgiving, you need to quarantine for 14 days and then get tested. It is important to remember that people we love can carry the virus as much as strangers can. The level of the coronavirus is high in the community,  so it’s not safe to gather together in person, indoors or with anyone not in your immediate household.
WHAT TO DO DURING QUARANTINE?
Quarantine means to stay away from others and limit your risk as much as possible.  It does NOT mean staying locked in your house. Getting fresh air is good and important for your physical and mental health. Consider taking walks and exercising outdoors. The goal is to try to stay away from other others, at least 6-feet in distance.
Going to the grocery store can be low risk. But, consider going during off-times and try to go just once during your 14-day period. Another option is ordering groceries or the entire meal to be delivered to your home.
WHAT NOT TO DO DURING QUARANTINE?
Avoid these high risk activities during quarantine:
  • Do not go to indoor bars or restaurants.
  • Avoid gyms.
  • No dinner parties, birthday celebrations or any get-together indoors.

**Most important: do not get together with anyone else outside your household for anything indoors. If you are socializing outdoors, make sure you keep a 6-foot distance from others at all times.

WHO SHOULD QUARANTINE?
Every member of every household that wants to get together must participate in the quarantine for 14 days. If one person breaks quarantine, that person exposes everyone else to their risk.