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Staying Safe the Night Before Thanksgiving

November 20, 2020

Dear Drexel Dragon,

Like many people right now, you may be experiencing pandemic fatigue. As difficult as it is to limit your travel, avoid social gatherings outside of your defined household, and miss family get-togethers, the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic is not fading away. With the start of the holiday season, is it imperative that we remain committed to adhering to health protocols and all safety precautions in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Over 2,000 students have been tested before the approaching holiday and thus far, infection appears low among our Dragon community. This means many students have been able to reduce their risk of infection by following Drexel guidelines and protocols. This is also something to be proud of. Let's keep it that way!

Historically, the night before Thanksgiving is a time for old out-of-town friends to gather together in their communities. Unfortunately, this year attending such get-togethers poses significant risk to your health and to your friends and family. This year, Drexel joins public health experts across the world in asking you to skip in-person get-togethers. It's a hard thing to ask and an even harder thing to do, we know. But we each have a role to play in stopping COVID-19.

Consider these guidelines when making your holiday plans:

  • The safest thing to do is meet with your friends via a teleconference or Friendsgiving Zoom. And get creative, there are plenty of fun virtual options at your fingertips.
  • View travel regulations and try to avoid travel to any states or countries that are listed as hot spots by the Pennsylvania Department of Health or the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
  • Take all possible safety precautions i.e. wearing your face mask properly, washing your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, monitoring your symptoms using the Drexel Health Tracker app, and maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others
  • It is critical that you avoid indoor social gatherings, especially parties, no matter where you are.

As Dragons, it is important that we look out for each other. Together, we can take the necessary steps to ensure the health and safety of both ourselves and our local communities. View our Four Steps Together: Drexel's Return to Campus video to remind yourself of the four easy measures that you can take to proactively halt the spread of COVID-19. As always, you can learn more about the steps the University is taking to ensure our community's safety at Drexel's Response to Coronavirus page.

Stay safe, and remember that your actions don't just affect you but they also impact everyone else around you.

Sincerely,

Subir Sahu, PhD
Senior Vice President for Student Success