Coronavirus: Can small gatherings spread COVID-19? Things you should know

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Pre-pandemic, more the merrier seemed to be the rule of celebrating festivals, but this pandemic shouldn’t be the time for any of us to take matters lightly. Many cities in India are in the middle of turning down the surge, and any carelessness could contribute to a resurgence of possible second and third wave. We should also remember that colder temperatures, pollutants can also increase the risk for COVID transmission.

While it may be totally impossible to avoid meet-ups, experts suggest that the safest way to gather around during the festivals would be outdoors, with a limited crowd (with everyone wearing a mask) and practising neccessary precautions. Certain studies have also hinted that good ventilation and sunlight could ‘inactive’ COVID-19 causing virus, so stepping outdoors could really be the safest way to celebrate. Plus, people are much more likely to be more cautious about rules when in a public space. However, poor air quality levels could make matters worse.

Otherwise, virtual celebrations really remain to be the best possible way to celebrate festivals.

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