Did you gather for Thanksgiving? Doctors recommend getting a COVID test

Posted at 6:58 AM, Nov 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-27 09:19:21-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Many of you have taken precautions this Thanksgiving because of the pandemic, especially if you and your family gathered in a small group. But after the turkey dinner, doctors say there's still more to do to stay safe.

Doctors say if you want to be sure you're safe after a Thanksgiving gathering, you should get a COVID test, even if you got one before the holiday.

But doctors say you shouldn't get it right away, waiting about a week before you may test positive.

And doctors say you need to take even more special care around others in the month of December -- reducing activities, and staying in your home if there's any doubt -- if you plan to have gatherings around the December holidays.

"If you're the kind of person who gets together on Thanksgiving, you're already thinking about getting together for the holidays -- be careful about that," said Dr. William Schaffner with Vanderbilt University Medical Center. "Continue during the month of December to be very very cautious for sure."