The CDC offers a list of low, medium, and high-risk things, which we normally do at the holidays. For example, small outdoor dinners with a few friends or family members is considered medium-risk – but they’re hard to pull off in a Chicago winter! That said, indoor parties or dinners are riskier… lots more droplets fly around, when people chew or laugh or cough or sneeze. And drinking alcohol – traditionally a big part of New Year’s Eve – could cloud your judgment – and make you less likely to social distance.
The CDC has put out a list of various things we normally do for the holidays, and how risky they are – or not – during pandemic.
Let’s start with a few which AREN’T very high risk . . .
1. Low-risk activities include: Having a small dinner with people in your own household. Bringing people food, as long as it’s no-contact. Watching football or parades or live-stream concerts, at home. And shopping online, instead of in person.
2. Moderate-risk activities include: Having a small, (preferably outdoor) dinner with a few friends and family members. Doing other things outside, in small groups if you social-distance… And even attending a small outdoor show or event, if safety precautions are in place.
3. High-risk activities include: Anything social without a mask… Larger, indoor gatherings and dinners… Shopping in crowded stores… Attending a large party… And drinking alcohol, because it can mess with your judgment – and make you less likely to social distance… lots more droplets fly around, when people chew or laugh or cough or sneeze
Learn more, here: (CDC)