"I feel incredibly depressed to not see my extended family this year. My newborn won't get to see his grandparents for his first Thanksgiving. At this stage, he will spend his entire life without knowing other family members. Even as a professional, I sometimes find it hard to take. Given that as an epidemiologist, I understand the need for social distancing, I can only imagine how the general public feels."
Annette Regan, assistant professor, University of San Francisco
Celebrating with others:
"My elderly mother lives alone in isolation. The rest of my household will isolate for about two weeks before and be tested directly before getting together. The total number of people is six."
Jennifer Albrecht, associate professor, University of Maryland
"We formed a pod with another family several months ago after writing up a 'constitution' of allowable activities. We are all working from home and limit in-person shopping or visits with others outside the pod."
Christine Gille Kunitz, doctoral student, University of Minnesota
No Thanksgiving plans:
"My husband and I are welcoming a new puppy into our household over Thanksgiving weekend! With no family close to us, this is a different but a great way for our family to celebrate Thanksgiving this year."
Taylor Etzel, doctoral student, Johns Hopkins University
"Planning to go camping and fishing with my partner."
Linda Titus, adjunct professor of public health, University of Southern Maine; and professor emeritus, Dartmouth
"My household has strict quarantine plans in place and will be tested multiple times before driving to our families' homes, where we will quarantine and test again."
Ruby Barnard-Mayers, doctoral student, Boston University
"Santa had better wear a mask."
Theodore Brasky, assistant professor, Ohio State University