Story by: Henry Winkelhake on November 12, 2020
Colleges and universities should actively encourage students to avoid traveling over Thanksgiving break and, instead, encourage students to livestream the November holiday gatherings with family members, the American College Health Association recently recommended.
Campuses should provide on-campus Thanksgiving dining and encourage students to celebrate in place for “Friendsgiving,” the association said.
“Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19,” said James M. Frazier, M.D., vice president, medical affairs and quality, Norton Healthcare. “Even if you don’t have symptoms, you can spread the coronavirus to others. You and anyone traveling with you, including children, can spread the virus to others for 14 days after you were exposed.”
Don’t travel if you are sick or if you have been around someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days. Don’t travel with someone who is sick.
People entering Kentucky from states with a COVID-19 positivity rate over 15% currently are being advised to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
If you are at increased risk of severe illness, or live or work with someone who is, you should avoid in-person gatherings with people who do not live in your household, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you decide to attend an in-person gathering, avoid larger groups and consider activities that pose lower risk by allowing for social distancing, universal mask-wearing, well-ventilated indoor spaces and other steps.
Travel itself increases risk of coronavirus spread and raises the risk of students bringing the virus back to their home communities and family members. If you get infected while traveling, you can spread the virus to others when you return, even if you don’t have symptoms.
Quarantine for the first 14 days after arrival. This is especially important if there are vulnerable individuals at increased risk for severe illness in the home — also, if there is high rate of infection on campus or in the local community.
Quarantining in the home
Continue to monitor symptoms — the whole family doesn’t necessarily need to be tested after a gathering, but if anyone begins to exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, they should be tested as soon as possible. You should quarantine and consider getting tested if you’ve been within 6 feet of someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more.
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