The Los Angeles County Division of Public Well being is urging the general public Thursday to take “smart well being security measures” to guard probably the most weak folks at Thanksgiving gatherings from COVID-19, flu and respiratory syncytial virus.
The mix of being up-to-date on vaccines, testing, staying dwelling when sick and rising air flow will help guarantee a secure and glad vacation, in keeping with the division.
Los Angeles County is experiencing excessive ranges of circulating respiratory viruses. To assist scale back transmission the division is strongly recommending everybody put on a well-fitting respirator masks in indoor public areas and when touring, together with when utilizing public transit corresponding to buses, trip shares, taxis and medical transport.
The division is asking hosts of Thanksgiving gatherings to contemplate asking friends to take a house COVID-19 check earlier than they go to. Individuals going to a gathering who know there shall be an older particular person there or others at excessive danger for extreme sickness from COVID-19 to check earlier than arriving and to cancel plans and isolate at dwelling away from others if testing optimistic, even when feeling effectively.
Individuals coughing, sneezing, having a runny nostril, a fever or different potential signs of a respiratory virus, ought to keep dwelling, relaxation, and get well and never danger passing an an infection on to others, in keeping with the division.
The division can be encouraging folks at gatherings to remain outside as a lot as potential, climate allowing, and when inside to open home windows or a display screen door and use followers to maneuver the air in an try to enhance air flow to decreasing the transmission of respiratory viruses.
Enhancing air flow, gathering in bigger rooms the place individuals are spaced aside and transferring celebrations outdoors will help scale back the transmission of airborne diseases, in keeping with the division.