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Serving food to guests in the garage while waiting for COVID testing

Adding to the litany of intense Thanksgiving suggestions in the coronavirus era, a CBS psychologist said people should consider serving their guests ‘appetizers in the garage’ while waiting for test results. rapid viruses.

During a segment on CBS morningsPsychologist Lisa Damour was asked about how hosts should approach people’s vaccination or non-vaccination status at Thanksgiving dinner.

“It can be a tough conversation before people come into your house and say, ‘Whoa, wait a minute, where’s your card, what’s your status? “Before entering my home,” said a host.

“It’s difficult because people are all over the map,” Damour replied. “They are also everywhere with their risk tolerance. But the rapid tests made it a lot easier. Regardless of people’s immunization status, we can actually confirm safety on the spot. “

“If the situation seems strange to you, maybe make it fun,” she continued. “And say, ‘we’ll start with appetizers in the garage. You know, we’re gonna have a drink, we’re gonna do our quick tests, and then we go home, right? You can make it playful, make it fun, and then enjoy the vacation because you don’t care about safety.

Damour’s suggestion was just another exaggerated suggestion in a series of exaggerated suggestions. Axios, for example, on Tuesday recommended that homes have “Thanksgiving bouncers” to sift through non-compliant.

“No one really wants this job, but millions of homes may need their own Thanksgiving bouncer. The cover charge is a negative COVID test, carried out before arrival or in front of the front door, ”the article said. “Standardizing rapid tests is a convenient way to help extended families feel a little more normal around the holiday dinner table.”

Axios suggested that hosts inform their guests prior to their arrival that they will “test everyone at the door for their own safety.”

“Depending on your budget, you can offer to footnote for everyone’s tests, or the hosts can ask guests to pay for theirs,” he said.

Last week the New York Times quoted Virginia Tech engineering professor Dr Linsey Marr, who said unvaccinated children should be required to wear a mask and “eat quickly” and separately from adults.

“Since children will not be fully immunized until two weeks after their second injection, I think some care is needed, especially since some participants are 65 years of age and older and are therefore at greater risk for more serious breakthrough infections.” , said Marr. “You could ask children to wear masks, eat quickly, and stay away from the elderly when they are eating. “

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