The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has updated its recommendations for safely celebrating the upcoming holidays, with COVID-19 still a factor.

Holidays are fast approaching, and sure we wanna be all like, 'Let them eat turkey!' Even though new cases of coronavirus are down in the United States, the possibility of transmission and contraction still remains very real. That means vaccinations, and, just like last year, social distancing and even virtual gatherings are your best bet.

Physician and researcher Dr. Jorge Rodriguez tells CNN, "Things are better. But they're far from over."

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Get-togethers, like Halloween parties, Thanksgiving dinner, and Christmas gatherings, mean more people are hanging out in close quarters.

That's why the CDC wants to remind Americans that a surge in the spread of COVID-19 remains a threat during times of travel and celebration.

Centers for Disease Control is urging people to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least two weeks before attending any holiday gatherings and to wear masks when visiting indoor public spaces, like restaurants.


The CDC also continues to recommend social distancing, saying, '"Attending gatherings to celebrate events and holidays increases your risk of getting and spreading Covid-19. The safest way to celebrate is virtually, with people who live with you, or outside and at least 6 feet apart from others."

CDC's guidelines also advises getting fully vaccinated before planning any travel.

Echoing the CDC's sentiments, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases says how we can more safely gather with friends and family this upcoming holiday season depends on actions we take NOW, according to, like receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

Will you allow friends or family to attend your holiday celebrations if they're not fully vaccinated against COVID-19? Let us know in the comment box below.

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