Is Thanksgiving 2020 Canceled?
Thanksgiving is canceled if you cannot host a safe Thanksgiving gathering. In this article, we outline whether or not Thanksgiving 2020 is canceled. Some alternative ideas for a safe Thanksgiving include keeping dinners to only members of your household, have dinner outside, social distancing, keeping windows and doors open, and wearing masks unless eating, in this case, Thanksgiving may not be canceled. In terms of traveling for Thanksgiving, you should analyze your risk and your mode of transportation. If gathering with family members from outside your community, it is advised that everyone quarantines or minimizes contact with other people for the two weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. Some states have Thanksgiving COVID guidelines. Chicago has been advised to cancel Thanksgiving.
Will The United States Face A Second Wave of Coronavirus COVID-19?
Health experts are predicting that there will likely be a second or third wave of coronavirus as we enter the fall and winter. The second wave may be worsened by a lack of compliance with mask-wearing/social distancing, the cold weather, and the presence of other illnesses. Based on data from the spread of H1N1 and the 1918 flu, there is reason to believe that the second wave may be worse than the first. However, if projections show that if there is high compliance with mask-wearing and social distancing, we can save close to 100,000 lives this year, decrease our chance of contracting COVID-19, and lower the risk of overwhelming our health care systems.
When is peak flu season? COVID-19 & Flu season
In this article, we explain when peak flu season is and how COVID-19 may affect the spread and severity of the flu, also known as when it peaks and ends. Flu season in the U.S. is typically from October until April; however, the national peak of cases typically occurs in the first week of February. There are several ways that COVID-19 may affect the severity of the flu this season. If everyone continues wearing masks and social distancing, we may be able to reduce the spread of the flu. However, it is possible that getting COVID-19 can exacerbate the severity of the flu and put a strain on hospital systems. Therefore, it is recommended that everyone over the age of 6 months gets a flu shot before the end of October. Getting a flu shot, wearing a mask, social distancing, and having good hygiene will help reduce your chance of getting sick from the flu this season.¬†
What's the difference between a cold, the flu, or COVID-19?
As flu season is quickly approaching, it is important to be able to distinguish between COVID vs. Flu vs. cold. The best way to know what type of infection you have is to get a diagnostic test for COVID-19 or the flu. There are some symptoms you can use to distinguish between these illnesses. The difference between a cold a COVID-19 and the flu is: It is possible to lose your sense of smell or taste when infected with COVID-19, but unlikely with the flu or a cold. Additionally, it is unlikely that you will have a fever or difficulty breathing with a common cold, but possible with coronavirus and the flu.
Cold vs. Flu- Here's How To Tell The Difference
You can determine whether you have a cold or the flu evaluating your symptoms. You likely have the flu if you have a fever, aches, fatigue, and chills. You likely have a cold if you do not have a fever, but are sneezing and have mild fatigue. To tell whether you have the flu or a cold, you can also evaluate how long you've been sick. If your symptoms come on rapidly, it's possible you have the flu. When it comes to the flu, you will likely feel the onset of symptoms right away, whereas with a cold, the symptoms will come on gradually. The best way to know if you have a cold or the flu is to get an influenza test.¬†