Doctors recommend your Thanksgiving looks different from previous years

Posted at 6:48 AM, Nov 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-09 06:48:58-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Doctors from the Cleveland Clinic are recommending your Thanksgiving to look different than it does normally.

They say gatherings should be kept small and acknowledge any family you come into contact with could spread COVID-19.

You may want to think twice about celebrating with anyone who is elderly or at risk, meaning you should consider celebrating with just the people who live with you.

Doctors say while it's far from ideal it's best to think about everyone's health.

"The patients I've had, who have been at other family gatherings, like weddings, and have gotten sick, there's just been a tremendous amount of guilt that's left on the people hosting the event," said Dr. Joseph Khabbaza of the Cleveland Clinic. "And I don't think you'll ever regret being extra cautious in the middle of a pandemic. The regret can only occur if a loved one gets very sick as a result of your gathering."

Experts also say the safest way to celebrate the holiday this year is to only celebrate with the people who you live with.