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Dr. Stephanie Silvera Shares Tips on how to Stay Safe this Thanksgiving

Posted in: College News and Events, Master of Public Health News, Public Health

Dr. Stephanie Silvera, Professor in the Public Health department, appeared on PIX11 Morning News on how to celebrate Thanksgiving safely. She stated, “I think what you want to keep in mind is whose going to be at your table, know their vaccination status…if you’re going to ask people to wear a mask, you let them know that in advance. For all who are eligible, that’s anybody 18 or older get that booster shot, there’s still time. And then keep the gathering small, and small is a little bit dependent on how big your house is, but we’re not quite back at 2019 levels of family gatherings.”

She added, “I think if your gathering is going to include anybody who is unvaccinated, those individuals should try to wear a mask as much as is feasible, especially if they are going to be in contact with anybody who is higher risk, so somebody who is over 65 or anybody who has a compromised immune system. And I think it’s really important to remember that while young children and young adults are less likely to experience severe COVID, they can spread it to guests who are at higher risk for hospitalization and death.”

Watch the full interview