“If our child, 9, and a cousin, 10, have each received one dose of the vaccine two weeks prior to Thanksgiving, is it safe for us to eat indoors? There will be about 20 guests, all vaccinated, and the 65 and older crowd have all received boosters,” one reader from San Francisco asked in the essay.
“I’m glad to hear that the children and all guests are vaccinated. As the kids will not be fully vaccinated until two weeks after their second shot, I think some care is warranted, especially because some attendees are 65 and older and thus at greater risk of more serious breakthrough infections. You could have the kids wear masks, eat quickly and stay away from the older adults when eating,” Virginia Tech engineering professor Dr. Linsey Marr wrote in response.
According to The Times, Marr studies airborne transmission of viruses.
Critics took to social media to blast the advice, with one describing it as “pure insanity,” and another suggesting people like Marr had “completely lost their minds.”
“Someone who tells my kids to eat quickly and remask will not have to see them at all because we ain’t coming,” wrote another critic.
“How about if you’re that worried, you don’t go to Thanksgiving since the whole point of the holiday is to break bread together,” wrote one critic, while another wrote, “I hope the kids don’t choke from eating too fast.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), everyone eligible for the coronavirus vaccine should get vaccinated. All who are not fully vaccinated should wear a mask during indoor gatherings. Those who are fully vaccinated should also wear a mask indoors if in a community with substantial to high transmission of the coronavirus.