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There is no denying that Thanksgiving is different this year. The coronavirus pandemic has caused many people to wonder if they are going to celebrate Thanksgiving with friends and family or if they will do so at home.

If you are on the fence and wondering which direction you are going to go, you should look at the interactive map from the Georgia Institute of Technology. That map was created by professors at the college, showing how likely it would be that a person would get COVID-19 if they were traveling with a group of 10 or more people.

Every US county is represented on the map and it shows a risk for infection using Covid 19 case information that has been compiled from across the country.

Photo: COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool

The data looks at a number of different factors, including the location and the size of the gathering. Considering the fact that 40% are still going to be getting together for a Thanksgiving celebration, it is something that we all need to consider.

A survey of patients across the nation found that one out of three were going to be getting together with extended family during the holidays. Those individuals are at a high risk of getting coronavirus and spreading it to others. C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in partnership with the University of Michigan are responsible for the survey, saying that 3 out of 5 plan to see extended family in person.

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According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, staying home and postponing travel is the best option for protecting yourself and others during the holidays this year. They say that a virtual gathering, if possible, may help to prevent a spike in cases.