How to to calculate your COVID-19 risk of attending Thanksgiving events

Coronavirus

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – With COVID-19 cases spiking in Kansas and across the country, data experts have created an easy-to-use online tool to help people planning holiday gatherings do a quick risk assessment.

Developed by researchers at Georgia Tech, the COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool allows you to figure out what the likelihood is of someone attending your Thanksgiving gathering with the coronavirus, based on the number of people attending, and by state or county.

“It’s fairly difficult for most people to figure out what it means when people say there are 100,000 COVID-19 infections today,” said Dr. Aroon Chande, a lead developer of the tool. “It’s really hard to take that number and then directly say oh maybe I shouldn’t do this activity.”

A new interactive map and online tool lets people planning their Thanksgiving to make a risk assessment.

The tool is particularly helpful for those planning to travel to a region where they’re unfamiliar with the current COVID-19 infection rates, but it is just as useful for people planning to stay local.

“If you do happen to go to one person’s house for Thanksgiving together, then to another person’s house for a second get-together, those risks are additive, it’s not like they’re two separate events,” said Chande.

A link to the COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool is available here.

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