While a vaccine seems to be on the way, COVID cases continue to spike around the country, driving an urgent plea from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reconsider Thanksgiving travel plans. Even if you’re not planning to head out of town this week, there are still plenty of things that may put you at an increased risk for contracting the coronavirus this holiday season, including hitting the grocery story to stock up on all the essentials you need to prepare your Thanksgiving meal. While you don’t need to forgo Thanksgiving shopping altogether, there are some thing you should avoid doing at the grocery store right now, according to experts. The most egregious error of all? Counting on any one safety practice, particularly your mask, to provide total protection.
The key is having several lines of the defense, experts say. “Don’t count on your mask to be a total blockade,” Michael Osterholm, PhD, a member of President-elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus advisory group and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told The New York Times. Sure, masks help, but they’re not 100 percent effective. According to Osterholm, “The time of exposure is really important.” Read on to discover more Thanksgiving shopping mistakes you need to steer clear of, and for another Turkey Day tip, check out If You’re Doing This, You Won’t Be Totally Safe From COVID on Thanksgiving.
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