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Holiday gatherings may need to downsize once again this year due to ongoing COVID pandemic – Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-10-05 03:46:46 –

Honolulu (KHON2) —According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this holiday season is the safest way to choose a virtual family celebration, but celebrating with your family outdoors is also less risky. That is. Masking up despite vaccination status is also a way to go.

Hawaiians are already planning their vacation plans.

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“Oh, I never thought about Thanksgiving on the beach, but it seems like a good option,” said Honolulu-based Lima Esen Jr. “Most of the time, spend your time here, go to the beach as often as possible and enjoy the beautiful outdoors.”

Wayne España, who lives in Kaneohe, said: “We’ve just returned from a trip from the East Coast, so that’s okay.”

The CDC says you should wait until you are fully vaccinated for those traveling on vacation. Meanwhile, epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Lee suggests that all travelers reinstate pre-travel testing to avoid a surge in holiday COVID.

Dr. Thomas Lee, an assistant professor of epidemiology at UH, said: “Therefore, it must be aware of what is happening throughout the Pacific, not just local or national policies, which will have a significant impact on future disease trends.”

According to the CDC, attending a face-to-face party increases the risk of catching or spreading COVID. If you are hosting a rally indoors, consider installing a window fan for ventilation. However, Dr. Lee says Hawaii is in the best position to hold a celebration outdoors.

“Fortunately, Hawaii follows the CDC’s guidance and has a year-round tropical climate and humidity, making it much more suitable for gathering outdoors for better ventilation. The virus spreads in a dry environment where it can be aerosolized. I know it’s easy, “Dr. Lee said.

This holiday season may shrink again, but Hawaiians say it’s worth it if it means everyone is safe.

“I think it’s good for me. I know it’s going to be difficult to adjust, but we had to think good for the general public,” Esene said.

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The Hawaii Pandemic Applied Modeling Workgroup is working on Halloween forecasts. They hope to release it sometime next week.

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