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1 in 3 Parents Say Holiday Gathering Worth COVID Risk

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As COVID-19 cases surge throughout the United States and the holiday season kicks off with Thanksgiving on Thursday, families are faced with a challenging choice. Do they skip family gatherings and the usual way they celebrate their traditions? Or do they risk bringing the novel coronavirus to their extended family of loved ones?

In a new nationwide poll of 1,443 parents, about one in three said the benefits of gathering with families for the holidays outweighed the risk of spreading the virus.
The annual C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health revealed that parents with at least one child aged 12 or under were wrestling with competing priorities.

About half said it was very important for their child to see relatives and share in family holiday traditions. About three-quarters of parents polled also said it was important to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at family gatherings.

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