For each of the past two years, Thanksgiving heralded the onset of a COVID-19 surge. A third pandemic winter finds the U.S. with more tools to combat the coronavirus — an updated booster, ample at-home tests, a helpful antiviral drug — and many prior restrictions erased as people return to public and social settings.
That might leave some wondering how to navigate a period in the pandemic where precautions are largely up to the individual. As the holidays arrive and COVID numbers show signs of climbing again — albeit not to previous surge levels so far — what are currently the best practices to stay healthy? How much caution is needed?