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#InfectiousDiseases #COVID #football #FoodAllergies #Thanksgiving

#Doctor, could you comment on these topics to the #media today?

>> A Different Thanksgiving This Year

>> NFL Games and Spikes (hint: not the ball)

>> Planning for Feasts and Food Allergies

The Med & Mic™ 11.21.22

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Wider Thanksgiving Plans

In a poll of epidemiologists, virologists, and immunologists, 79% would host a multigenerational Thanksgiving meal this year, up from 50% last year. Also, 74% would eat indoors in a restaurant this year versus 50% last year. However, there was an even split about whether unvaccinated relatives would be allowed to attend family gatherings. A large number of the respondents said everyone in their families was vaccinated, though. (Source: STAT News, H. Branswell, 11.21.22)

NFL Games Linked to COVID Spikes

In 2020, the counties of NFL stadiums that permitted 20,000 fans had COVID spikes at twice the rate of those that had fewer or no fans. The spikes occurred two to three weeks after the games. The researchers from the University College London and Texas A&M University who conducted the analysis point out local COVID policies and guidelines could have contributed to the pattern as well. (Source: Forbes, B. Bushard, 11.18.22)

Food Allergies and the Holidays

Making holiday meals inclusive and safe can be a challenge when food allergies are involved. The eight most common food allergens are milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans. For big holiday dinners, label all the food, ask guests if they have allergies, and have lots of options. (Source: KSL-TV, A. Likens, 11.20.22)

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