One-third of parents in new poll say holiday gatherings worth COVID-19 risk

One-third of parents indicated the benefits of gathering with family at Thanksgiving are worth the risk of spreading or getting COVID-19, according to the poll from C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health.

More than half of respondents said the pandemic has resulted in “a substantial decrease in the time their children spend with extended family members,” and 61 percentsaid they plan to gather in-person with extended family.

“In this unique situation, children may be better served if parents are thoughtful about how to preserve family traditions without an in-person gathering,” poll conductors said. “Parents may want to talk with children about their favorite Thanksgiving foods, decorations or activities, and then use that input to plan a virtual celebration that includes family members in different locations.”