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    Reunited again? Recommendations for Thanksgiving


    Frozen turkeys lie in a grocery store refrigerator, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)


    For families who have agreed to hold smaller gatherings and send blessings from a distance during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Thanksgiving holiday looks like the return of the big party.

    More people are gathering this year. The American Automobile Association forecasts that travel during this holiday will reach almost the same levels as before the pandemic.

    If that’s the case in your family, it may have been a long time since you’ve faced a frozen turkey or had to remember which cousins ​​shouldn’t sit together.

    To help you dust off the basics to keep in mind during Thanksgiving, here are some tips for everyone to stay safe and healthy:


    This large bird is the focus of most Thanksgiving feasts, but it’s important to properly handle raw poultry to prevent the spread of bacteria that can cause your guests to return home with unwanted food poisoning. Thaw safely. A frozen turkey requires about 24 hours to thaw for every 4 to 5 pounds of weight, according to the Department of Agriculture. In a pinch, it can be thawed in cold water or even in a microwave, but it should be cooked right away if you use those methods. And don’t wash the turkey. Rinsing it down the sink is a bad idea, as it can spread potentially dangerous germs like salmonella to nearby areas, said Jennifer Quinlan, a Drexel University professor of nutrition sciences who has studied consumer turkey handling habits. Instead, pat dry with kitchen paper and place in the baking dish.


    The best way to make sure your turkey is fully cooked, to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit (73 degrees Celsius), is to use a meat thermometer, said Lisa Shelley, a food safety researcher at Carolina State University. from North. She is not relying on the fact that the skin has already turned a golden hue or the color of the turkey juices. Once this has been served, be sure to refrigerate it within two hours, just like all the other leftovers—the mashed potatoes, the sauce, the sweet potato_. “Seriously, set a timer when you take everything out (of the fridge),” Quinlan suggested. “You’ll be surprised how quickly two hours go by.”

    And don’t skimp on cleaning. Wash your hands before preparing food and after handling raw poultry. But be sure to also consider kitchen surfaces, cutting boards and any tools that could be contaminated, Shelley said. Clean with soap and water, then disinfect with bleach. “It’s a two-step process,” she added.


    There are holidays that are known for certain specific injuries, and Thanksgiving is no exception, said Dr. Christopher Kang, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Carve carefully. Slicing a turkey is a lot harder than it sounds, and the Thanksgiving injuries are proof of that. “Always, with any slice, we see a lot of hand and finger injuries,” said Kang, an emergency room physician in Tacoma, Washington. Make sure the slicing knife is sharp and never cut towards you, but always out. Don’t put your hand under the blade to catch a freshly cut slice.

    Beware of fires in turkey fryers. Deep-fried turkey may sound appetizing, but it’s dangerous to prepare at home. Fryers can tip over and spill, and the combination of an improperly thawed or frozen turkey and hot oil can cause an explosion. Even when that doesn’t happen, Kang said he has seen many painful burn injuries caused by boiling oil.


    Thanksgiving get-togethers also spark a spike in other ER visits after people of various generations come together and exchange germs. This year, the danger posed by COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses, including the influenza season and respiratory syncytial virus, is cause for concern, Kang said. Babies and young children are especially vulnerable to some infections; older people are more susceptible to others. “What age group is not at risk?” she asked. To lower the chances of serious infection and illness, make sure everyone who is eligible for their vaccinations is up-to-date on them. Ask people with any symptoms of illness—including “allergies” or “just a cold”—to stay home. Consider asking your guests to undergo a rapid diagnostic test for COVID-19 before they arrive. Make sure your home is well ventilated: Open windows, keep a portable air cleaner running. To protect the most vulnerable guests, consider wearing masks indoors.


    Hosting — or participating in — a Thanksgiving holiday event after nearly three years of a tumultuous pandemic can be challenging. It’s important to have realistic expectations and plan ahead to avoid family difficulties, according to the American Psychological Association (APA). Take time for yourself. Despite the pressure of the holiday season, don’t give up your healthy routines. If you usually exercise, make room for a long walk, say experts from that organization: “Reflect on the aspects of your life that give you joy.” Set limits up front. If you’re worried about conflicts or heated arguments around your table on the holiday, the APA suggests making sure everyone knows that Thanksgiving is a time to focus on “gratitude, appreciation, and all you have, including each other.”


    The Associated Press Department of Health and Science receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.

    This story was originally published on November 23, 2022 4:09 p.m.

    Source: El Nuevo Herald

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