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COVID-19 and Thanksgiving: Public Health Tips in Ontario | Coronavirus: Ontario

In theory, up to 25 people can meet inside. But Thanksgiving is an often multigenerational event, including children under the age of 12, who are excluded from the criteria for receiving a vaccine.

In total, 3.72 million people are not vaccinated in the province.

Families make decisions, says Ontario public health

That means those who plan to welcome guests into their homes for discharge should plan accordingly, according to Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario’s chief medical officer for health.

These are individual family decisions and I am sure there will be active discussions in the planning phase.he noted at a press conference on September 29.

It is fair to ask the question: “Have you been vaccinated or not?” to anyone he can meet for Thanksgiving, he added. If there is a mix of immune and non-immune people, I think an initial assessment of symptoms and the use of masks would be appropriate.

Optional mask if everyone is vaccinated.

In 2020, without vaccination, Thanksgiving had been linked to a sharp increase in cases.

This year, people will need to assess the risks given their personal circumstances.

It worries me when it is multigenerational or if someone is immunosuppressed or immunosuppressedcontinued the Medical Director of Health.

On the other hand, if everyone in a meeting has received two doses of the vaccine, the participants can ditch the mask, Dr. Moore said.

Consult before making plans

Better to argue before Christmas gatherings, public health specialist Abdullah Shahipar said on CBC radio.

It can be easy to mistake it for a political disagreement, and people don’t want to turn Thanksgiving into something political. But it is very important to remember that this is not a political problem. It’s all about infection controlhe declared.

A single unvaccinated family member can put a group of people at risk by getting together, especially if there are children or the elderly.

A quote from: Abdullah Shahipar, Brown University Public Health Researcher

He recommends talking directly to guests about their vaccination status, either by phone or in person, preferably outdoors. SMS and emails, he said, usually only makes it worse.

People shouldn’t be shy about setting personal boundaries around what they believe is safe and what is not when it comes to COVID. And if someone else has a problem with that, we have the right to set our own personal limits and boundaries. , he continued.

Multiple layers of security

For Waterloo Region Medical Health Officer Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang, it’s about adding layers of protection.

Vaccination is the strongest layer, according to Dr. Wang. Distancing yourself, wearing masks, keeping gatherings small, and of course staying home and getting tested for COVID-19 symptoms are other barriers.

The more we add these layers, the more it protects us and our loved ones.he said during a press conference on Friday.

Focus on the outside inside

If the weather is good, the outside always triumphs over the inside when it comes to limiting potential exposure to COVID-19, Dr. Moore recalled.

Spending time outdoors reduces the risk of virus transmission, public health notes.

Photo: Canadian Press / Graham Hughes

We know that fresh air is safer than going indoors.

Toronto Health Medical Officer Dr. Eileen de Villa recommended that we still be careful on Thanksgiving.

This means keeping these gatherings relatively small, wearing masks as much as possible, taking advantage of outdoor spaces, and opening windows and doors as much as possible to reduce the likelihood of any type of transmission., she said.

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