Prevention behaviors represent important public health tools to limit spread of SARS-CoV-2. Adherence with recommended public health prevention behaviors among 20000 + members of a COVID-19 syndromic surveillance cohort from the mid-Atlantic and southeastern United States was assessed via electronic survey following the 2020 Thanksgiving and winter holiday (WH) seasons. Respondents were predominantly non-Hispanic Whites (90%), female (60%), and ≥ 50 years old (59%). Non-household members (NHM) were present at 47.1% of Thanksgiving gatherings and 69.3% of WH gatherings. Women were more likely than men to gather with NHM (p < 0.0001). Attending gatherings with NHM decreased with older age (Thanksgiving: 60.0% of participants aged < 30 years to 36.3% aged ≥ 70 years [p-trend < 0.0001]; WH: 81.6% of those < 30 years to 61.0% of those ≥ 70 years [p-trend < 0.0001]). Non-Hispanic Whites were more likely to gather with NHM than were Hispanics or non-Hispanic Blacks (p < 0.0001). Mask wearing, reported by 37.3% at Thanksgiving and 41.9% during the WH, was more common among older participants, non-Hispanic Blacks, and Hispanics when gatherings included NHM. In this survey, most people did not fully adhere to recommended public health safety behaviors when attending holiday gatherings. It remains unknown to what extent failure to observe these recommendations may have contributed to the COVID-19 surges observed following Thanksgiving and the winter holidays in the United States.
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After declining following a summer surge, infections due to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) precipitously increased across the United States with over 1.87 million cases reported during the month of October 2020 . New cases exceeded 100000 per day for the first time on 30 October . With Thanksgiving approaching, it was widely reported in the news media that Thanksgiving gatherings might serve as superspreader events, further exacerbating the surge in coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) cases . Guidelines for Thanksgiving travel and safe holiday gatherings were issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on 12 November . Guidance included recommendations to minimize travel, to take steps to prevent transmission if gathering with non-household members (NHM), and to limit the number of guests at gatherings. At any type of gathering, all attendees were encouraged to wear masks, observe social distancing guidelines, wash their hands often, and gather outdoors if possible . Despite recommendations designed to decrease the risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission by attending celebrations only with people in the household and deferring travel, the Associated Press reported that 1.17 million travelers passed through US airports on the Sunday after Thanksgiving . Predictions of a post-Thanksgiving surge proved accurate [6, 7], so the CDC again cautioned Americans about travel and gatherings over the winter holiday (WH) season  and encouraged a broad range of safety precautions. As emphasized by the media, the potential consequences of WH travel and gatherings might be “catastrophic” , a concern that again proved prescient with COVID-19 cases peaking during the second week of January .
To assess participation in gatherings over Thanksgiving and during the WH season, especially those involving NHM, and to collect information about the use of measures to prevent exposure to, and transmission of, SARS-CoV-2 during gatherings, we surveyed > 20,000 participants in the COVID-19 Community Research Partnership (CCRP) after Thanksgiving 2020 and again in early January 2021. The results of those two surveys form the basis for this report.
The CCRP is a COVID-19 syndromic surveillance program approved by the Wake Forest School of Medicine Institutional Review Board. This activity was also reviewed by CDC and was conducted consistent with applicable federal law and CDC policy. Participants were recruited through direct email outreach to enroll patient populations from health care systems at six sites (Table 1): Wake Forest Baptist Health in the Winston-Salem NC, USA area, Atrium Health in the Charlotte NC, USA area, WakeMed in the Raleigh NC, USA area, MedStar Health in the Washington DC, USA area, New Hanover Regional Medical Center in the Wilmington NC, USA area, and a small number of participants at the University of Mississippi in the Oxford MS, USA area. Participants provided informed consent through an online consenting system. Over 32000 adults 18 years and older had volunteered to participate in the partnership by 24 December, 2020 with most originating from the mid-Atlantic (Washington DC area) and southeastern (North Carolina) United States. Beginning in April, 2020, CCRP participants began receiving a brief 5-question daily electronic survey via text or e-mail asking the recipient to report their health status, including questions about COVID-19 symptoms, testing, and diagnoses. To assess attendance at Thanksgiving and WH gatherings with NHM and use of recommended safety behaviors to prevent COVID-19, supplemental mini-surveys consisting of questions focused upon holiday behaviors were added to the standard daily survey on 30 November, 2020 covering the 4-day Thanksgiving holiday and on 4 January, 2021 covering the 2-week winter holiday period (Fig. 1). It should be noted that the opportunity for COVID-19 vaccination was limited at the time of the two surveys.
Chi-square tests were used to compare completion of supplemental questionnaires, frequency of gathering, and safe behaviors among those who gathered, across demographic groups, with Mantel–Haenszel Chi-square used across age groups; risk ratios (95% confidence intervals) compared percentages in each category to the reference category indicated. Multivariable logistic regression models were used to identify variables that independently predict gathering with NHM at each of the holidays, and among those who gathered to independently predict mask wearing during the gatherings, adjusting for age, sex, race/ethnicity, study site and healthcare worker status in both models. For Thanksgiving only, participants who reported three or more specified behaviors (pre-gathering COVID-19 testing, mask wearing, social distancing, hand washing, and outdoor gatherings) were compared to those who reported none or one behavior. Confidence limits for the estimated parameters were computed based on the asymptotic normality of maximum likelihood estimators. SAS, Version 9.4 (SAS Institute, Cary, NC, USA) was used for all analysis.
Of 25427 participants enrolled in the CCRP by 30 November, 2020, 20281 (79.8%) completed the post-Thanksgiving mini-survey, 26841 of 32031 participants (83.8%) enrolled by 24 December, 2020 completed the post-WH survey, and 19354 participants responded to both surveys. The majority of respondents were non-Hispanic White (Thanksgiving: 89.7%, WH: 89.0%), female (Thanksgiving: 70.2%; WH: 70.0%), and aged ≥ 50 years (Thanksgiving: 52.2%; WH: 52.5%). Healthcare workers comprised 30.8 and 29.0% of the study population at Thanksgiving and WH, respectively. Response rates differed by sex (Thanksgiving: 80.3% men vs. 75.6% women; WH: 83.0% men vs. 80.3% women; both p < 0.0001), age (Thanksgiving: decreasing from 90.2% in those age ≥ 70 years to 57.4% in those < 30 years; WH: decreasing from 90.8% in those age ≥ 70 years to 62.6% in those < 30 years; both p-trend < 0.0001), and healthcare worker status (Thanksgiving: 78.3% non-healthcare worker vs. 74.0% healthcare worker; WH: 82.2% non-healthcare worker vs. 78.3% healthcare workers; both p < 0.0001). A total of 9560 (47.1%) respondents indicated that they attended gatherings with NHM during Thanksgiving, whereas a higher percentage of respondents (69.3%) attended gatherings with NHM over the WH.
Table 1 compares demographic characteristics of those participating and not participating in gatherings with NHM over Thanksgiving and during the WH. Women were slightly more likely to gather with persons outside their household than were men (Thanksgiving: 48.5 vs. 44.1%, p < 0.0001; WH: 70.4 vs. 66.8%, p < 0.0001). The percent of participants who attended gatherings with NHM decreased with increasing age (Thanksgiving: 60.0% of participants aged < 30 years to 36.3% of participants aged ≥ 70 years [p-trend < 0.0001]; WH: 81.6% of participants aged < 30 years to 61% of participants aged ≥ 70 years [p-trend < 0.0001]). Gathering with NHM differed across race/ethnic group (p < 0.0001) with non-Hispanic White participants more likely to gather with NHM than were Hispanic or Latino, or non-Hispanic Black or African American participants during both Thanksgiving and the WH (Thanksgiving: 48.3 vs. 41.8% and 31.3%, respectively; WH: 70.4 vs. 62.9% and 54.8%, respectively). Healthcare workers more frequently participated in gatherings with NHM than did non-healthcare workers (Thanksgiving: 50.7 vs. 45.6%, p < 0.0001; WH: 70.4% vs. 68.8, p < 0.0001). At both holidays, participants from MedStar Health Research Institute, which encompasses the Washington, DC, USA metro area, were least likely to hold gatherings with members outside their household (p < 0.0001). During both holidays, women, older age, non-Hispanic Black or African American race, Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, and enrollment from MedStar Health and, during the WH, occupation as a healthcare worker, were independently predictive of not gathering with NHM (data not shown).
Prevalence of specified behaviors (pre-gathering COVID testing, frequent hand hygiene, social distancing, masking, gathering outdoors) among those who gathered with NHM during both Thanksgiving and the WH is summarized in Fig. 2. Of those gathering with NHM, 13.0 and 16.7% underwent testing for COVID-19 prior to gathering at Thanksgiving and the WH, respectively. Among those gathering during the Thanksgiving holiday, 88.8% reported washing hands or using hand sanitizer, 50.7% avoided contact with others within 6 feet, and 37.3% indicated that they wore a mask or face covering. Twenty-three percent of participants who reported gatherings with NHM indicated that gatherings were held outdoors. During the WH, 96.7% reported washing hands or using hand sanitizer and 41.9% wore face masks; gathering outdoors only was reported for 25.1% of gatherings. At Thanksgiving, three or more specified behaviors were reported by 38% of respondents whereas 37% utilized only one or none. During both holidays, age ≥ 70 years, non-Hispanic Black or African American race, Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, enrollment from MedStar Health (compared with Wake Forest and Atrium), and occupation as a healthcare worker were independently associated with wearing a mask or face covering, among those gathering with NHM (Table 2).
This survey provides a unique snapshot of behaviors associated with the Thanksgiving and WH seasons among persons in the eastern US. A large percentage of respondents (47.1%) reported gathering with members outside their immediate household over Thanksgiving and an even larger percentage (69.3%) did so over the longer WH. Among those who gathered with NHM, adherence to COVID-19 transmission prevention strategies other than handwashing or using hand sanitizer, were infrequent. Notably, the majority of people who gathered did not wear masks, one of the most important prevention strategies . It is recognized that continually wearing masks is difficult since many holiday activities are centered upon eating which requires removal of masks. Even given the reality of the necessity to frequently remove masks for eating, our data raise concerns that consistent use of masks may not have occurred at times other than meals. In general, older participants, participants of non-Hispanic Black or African American race, Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, and those living in the urban DC area were less likely to gather with NHM and more likely to adhere to mask wearing during these gatherings than younger and non-Hispanic White participants and those from other sites. This observation suggests that holiday behaviors were modified in those groups in recognition of the fact that older age, racial minority groups, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity are major risk factors for severe COVID-19 infection . In contrast, respondents aged < 30 years old were most likely to attend gatherings with NHM, consistent with the hypothesis that many younger persons consider themselves to be at low risk for infection, especially serious infection . Following Thanksgiving travel and gatherings , an ongoing increase in COVID-19 cases occurred across the US and that surge accelerated after the WH season . Although a causal relationship was not established, lack of compliance with recommended prevention guidance, as was demonstrated by our survey, may have been a factor in this increase.
Several of our observations are consistent with a similar survey from Johns Hopkins which targeted Thanksgiving travel only . In this survey of 7905 individuals from ten US states, 25.9% of respondents spent Thanksgiving outside their own home and 27.3% celebrated Thanksgiving with at least one NHM. Of note, mask wearing was practiced by nearly two-thirds of those who gathered with NHM or who traveled outside the home for Thanksgiving.
Maintaining high levels of adherence with public health guidelines and instructions is often challenging and is dependent upon multiple sociodemographic variables . A recently published research letter examined changes in reported adherence with non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPI) for mitigation of COVID-19 in the US . Using national surveillance data from the Coronavirus Tracking Survey for the period of April to November of 2020, those authors noted that there was a significant decrease in the NPI adherence index from 70 to 60% during the study period which ended in late November (i.e., around Thanksgiving) . Protective behaviors for which adherence decreased over time included remaining at home except for essential activities, avoiding contact with members outside their household, and not having visitors in the home, all of which were “risk behaviors” assessed by the CCRP study cohort during the Thanksgiving and WH seasons.
An increased proportion of our survey participants chose to gather with members outside their immediate household over the WH season as compared to Thanksgiving. Possibilities for this observation include the longer WH season allowing more opportunity to hold gatherings with NHM, “pandemic fatigue”  including a general decline with observance of distancing and interaction guidelines over time [15, 17], and the desire of many Americans to participate in traditional holiday gatherings even in the face of strong recommendations not to do so [2, 4, 8]. It remains unclear as to what extent COVID-19 pandemic fatigue, coupled with increasing proportions of the population being vaccinated, will influence behaviors over the summer 2021 holidays. However, it is important to recognize that incomplete attainment of population immunity due to lack of vaccine confidence , combined with the emergence of more transmissible and potentially vaccine-resistant variants [19, 20], means that adherence to protective behaviors may still be important for some time to come. That message may require further refinement since guidelines about travel, gatherings, and “safeguard behaviors” were repeatedly emphasized prior to the Thanksgiving and WH [2, 4, 8], yet many persons in our study cohort failed to observe those guidelines and behaviors.
Our surveys had several limitations. Participants in the CCRP are restricted geographically to the mid-Atlantic and southeastern US. Behaviors of that population of participants may differ from those living in other areas of the US or the world. The survey is based on self-reported data which cannot be independently verified for accuracy. Participation in the CCRP and the mini-survey completion were voluntary, and the mini-surveys were more likely to be completed by older participants, men, and non-healthcare workers than their counterparts. Thus, the motivations of those choosing to participate and respond may differ from that of the general population. The specific questions asked were not identical to the CDC guidelines; for example, CDC recommended consideration of SARS-CoV-2 testing only prior to travel, not routinely before attending a gathering . The size of the gatherings and the exact number of NHM at those gatherings were not quantified. The two surveys encompassed holidays of differing lengths of time (4-days for Thanksgiving vs. over 2-weeks for the winter holidays). Lastly, the survey did not inquire about plans for post-holiday COVID-19 testing or whether those participating in gatherings with NHM intended to quarantine prior to travel or for 14 days afterward.
In conclusion, despite warnings from public health authorities that Thanksgiving and WH season travel and participation in gatherings with NHM might exacerbate the evolving surge in COVID-19 cases [2, 4, 8], about half of respondents chose to travel and pursue traditional gatherings. In addition, only ~ 40% of study participants (37.3% at Thanksgiving and 41.9% during the winter holidays) reported wearing a mask or face covering when gathering with others outside their household. These data raise questions about whether inadequate adoption of recommended safe COVID-19 behaviors over the holidays may have contributed to the well-documented post-holiday surge in COVID-19 cases, and highlight the need for more effective ways to promote all recommended safe COVID-19 behaviors in the future. In conjunction with vaccination, the ongoing selective utilization of preventive behaviors may be important to ensure that increases in COVID-19 infections do not occur as pre-pandemic activities are resumed .
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Peacock, J.E., Herrington, D.M., Edelstein, S.L. et al. Survey of Adherence with COVID-19 Prevention Behaviors During the 2020 Thanksgiving and Winter Holidays Among Members of the COVID-19 Community Research Partnership. J Community Health 47, 71–78 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10900-021-01021-z