Americans who are hosting gatherings over the holiday season should encourage guests not to sing while inside and should shield their pets from interacting with guests from outside their household, according to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control.

The recommendations were included in a list of guidelines by the agency to help stop the spread of coronavirus as a second wave has spread like wildfire across the US as the holiday season approaches.

“Encourage guests to avoid singing or shouting, especially indoors. Keep music levels down so people don’t have to shout or speak loudly to be heard,” the CDC wrote in their considerations for hosting or attending a holiday gathering.

“Treat pets as you would other human family members – do not let pets interact with people outside the household,” they added.

A small number of cases across the globe have been reported where pets came down with the virus that causes COVID-19 after having close contact with infected people, the CDC said.

While the risk of animals spreading the virus is low, people should still take precautions, including isolating themselves from pets if they become sick.

The CDC had previously suggested Americans who are hosting Thanksgiving dinner do so outside if possible.

In addition to an outdoor meal, the CDC said hosts should limit the number of guests they invite, talk to guests before they arrive about how they plan to celebrate and to limit the number of people in food preparation areas.

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