NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Centers for Disease Control and other health organizations are warning against air travel for this Thanksgiving Day during the coronavirus pandemic.
But what do you do when you get pressure from family members to come over anyway?
For some, annual traditions are difficult to break even amid the global health crisis.
“They’d love to come and eat and I was like nooooo, you can’t,” Lynette Johnson told CBS2’s Alice Gainer on Monday.
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Johnson usually cooks and hosts Thanksgiving, but it doesn’t happen this year.
“I love my family very much, but I would rather be safe than embarrassed,” said Johnson.
But what about the family members who try to burden hosts with guilt?
“The message to me that I am sharing with a loved one is the reason I stay home because I love you. I love you so much that I don’t want to endanger you, ”said the psychologist Dr. Alexandra Stratyner to Gainer.
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Stratyner said get creative when it comes to partying apart and reshaping your thinking. Think of this as an opportunity for a great story.
“In years … when we can all look back on this really difficult time and say we survived the 2020 pandemic and Thanksgiving was really weird this year,” Stratyner said. “I went to my aunt’s house, who always cooks Thanksgiving, and I got a dog bag and we had Thanksgiving through Zoom.
“These are great stories to tell in the future. You know, we’re living through history right now, ”added Stratyner.
“I’m staying here at my college and will probably eat in my dorm, probably FaceTime, my family,” said college student Quincy Harmon.
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AAA estimates that up to 50 million Americans will travel for Thanksgiving, compared to last year.
“It’s a family trip so I’m taking the necessary precautions,” said passenger Erick Manricks.
Taylor Fellman was at LaGuardia Airport Monday night, nervous about flying home to North Carolina for Thanksgiving.
“I have this little spray in my backpack that I use to spray the seat,” Fellman told Ali Bauman of CBS2. “I’m very happy to see my family, but I just don’t want to travel.”
“I just got tested. I know I have antibodies so we’ll be a little more comfortable when we get together, ”added traveler Jackie Lee.
“I was tested a few days ago just to be sure,” said traveler Trevor Jainarian.
In Hell’s Kitchen, Adam Feld waited in line for a test and told Bauman the only way his mother could let him come home for Thanksgiving.
“If you want to come home, take the test or I’m sorry you can’t come and you will be watching football on Hulu TV from your apartment,” Feld said, describing what his mother told him.
For those who still want to travel, the CDC offers the following advice:
- Check the travel restrictions
- Get your flu shot
- Wear a mask
- Stay six feet from people
- Wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer
- Do not touch the mask, eyes, nose and mouth.
Others bluntly advise, “Stay home and be grateful that you are still alive,” said one man.
Officials are concerned about a spike in COVID-19 after Thanksgiving, but hope those planning a trip will change their minds.
Experts warn against tests that could give a false sense of security due to the 14-day incubation period.
“Let’s say I was infected yesterday. I could be tested tomorrow, I would be negative. I could travel on Wednesday and on Thursday or Friday I could be contagious and pass it on to other people, ”said Dr. Ashish Jha, Dean of the School of Public Health at Brown University.
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