CDC holiday guidelines tell Americans not to sing, listen to loud music or drink ALCOHOL to prevent the spread of COVID-19
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offered new health and safety guidelines for the holiday season
- Officials advise against singing or loud music this holiday season as COVID-19 can be spread through respiratory droplets like saliva
- Hosts and attendees should also avoid alcohol and drugs which ‘may alter judgment and make it more difficult to practice COVID-19 safety measures’
- CDC suggests people celebrate holidays virtually or with their own household
- If small events take place, they should be held outside with limited guests
- All guests should wear masks and practice social distancing
The holidays will look different this year as coronavirus cases surge across the country and new guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise Americans to forego caroling, loud music and even drinking alcohol.
The CDC offered new health and safety guidelines last week to consider during the holidays if people host or attend small gatherings.
The CDC advises to celebrate small gatherings with your own household this year to reduce the spread of COVID-19. If you must attend or host an event with people who live in different households it’s best to do so outdoors while limiting the number of attendees.
The holiday spirit may be dampened as the CDC says to ‘encourage guests to avoid singing or shouting, especially indoors,’ meaning there will be no Christmas caroling this year.
‘Keep music levels down so people don’t have to shout or speak loudly to be heard,’ the guidelines say.
The holidays will look different this year as coronavirus cases surge across the country and new guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise Americans to forego caroling, loud music, drinking alcohol and advise to hold virtual gatherings instead. File image above
Experts say coronavirus is primarily transmitted though respiratory droplets such as saliva, which can be spread when raising your voice or singings.
Officials also say ringing in the holiday spirit with champagne or other alcoholic beverages may be a danger.
The CDC labeled alcohol consumption as a high risk activity saying: ‘Using alcohol or drugs that may alter judgment and make it more difficult to practice COVID-19 safety measures.’
The CDC advises avoiding meeting with people from different households and instead delivering food to family members contact-free and host a virtual gathering to feel together during the festive season.
The CDC suggests if people do gather it should be outdoors, people should wear masks, social distance, and avoid singing or shouting and keep music levels down
The CDC advises against consuming alcohol or drugs at holiday gatherings say it ‘may alter judgement and make it more difficult to practice COVID-19 safety measures’
But those that still want to meet are encouraged to avoid direct contact – meaning no handshakes or hugs this holiday season with people outside your household – and to maintain six feet of social distance.
Guests are also advised to wear masks while not eating and drinking and are advised to quarantine for 14 days before and after the event to minimize exposure to the virus.
The agency also advises to cancel holiday shopping in crowded stores around Thanksgiving, putting an end the usual Black Friday chaos.
Across the US there are more than 11million cases of coronavirus and there have been more than 248,000 deaths.