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Local epidemiologist urges you to be safe this Thanksgiving, protect others

Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 9:44 PM CST
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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) - As Thanksgiving approaches, health officials are once again reminding us to be safe this holiday. Local epidemiologist Rebecca Heick says she’s choosing for her family to stay home this Thanksgiving: “That will help keep us out of the hospitals, and out of the intensive care unit.”

Heick urges you to stay home as well. She emphasizes the misunderstanding of how quickly COVID-19 can spread. Heick tested positive for COVID-19 about 10 weeks ago, believing her husband brought it home from work. She says he was asymptomatic, but Heick continues to have mild symptoms. This message is especially important as some are planning to have large holiday gatherings with those who are outside of their immediate household.

Local epidemiologist Rebecca Heick urges you to think of others this Thanksgiving and stay home.
Local epidemiologist Rebecca Heick urges you to think of others this Thanksgiving and stay home.(Rebecca Heick, Your Friendly Neighborhood Epidemiologist)

Some TV6 viewers shared what they were doing to stay safe this Thanksgiving: many saying they’re making the difficult decision of staying home but recognize it’s the safest option, eating with their individual families. Some are making to-go containers and hosting a socially distanced holiday, others are even moving Thanksgiving to another day of the year. On the other hand, a few are choosing to keep thanksgiving exactly the same.

Heick says if you do choose to get together, you should still wear a face mask and social distance. “I want to have Thanksgiving next year and have us all at the table and healthy and safe. And I can wait for that because I can’t bear the thought of an empty chair, especially not if it was a decision that I made that put someone else at risk.”

If you do gather as more than one family, Heick also recommends every family bring their own plates, silverware, and sit at a separate table. It’s also encouraged only one person serves the food to limit the amount of contact

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