Dr Anthony Fauci has warned that Thanksgiving could cause an increase in coronavirus cases as he urged families to be cautious in the United States.
The country’s leading infectious disease specialist said he feared people would gather from separate homes, sometimes from outside the city, and congregate inside.
Fauci, 79, said families should try to limit the number of people attending Thanksgiving and keep it in their own households.
Scroll down for video
Dr Anthony Fauci warned Thanksgiving could lead to increased coronavirus cases as he urged families across the United States for caution
He told CBS Evening News: “I think given the fluid and dynamic nature of what’s going on right now with the spread and rise of infections, I think people should be very careful and cautious at social gatherings. , especially when family members might be at risk because of their age or underlying medical condition.
“Namely, you may have to bite the bullet and sacrifice this social gathering unless you are pretty sure the people you are dealing with are not infected.
The presidential advisor discussed the differences between household gatherings and those where family members travel to meet.
There are fears that different households will come together, causing the virus to spread. Pictured: People at a restaurant in New York
He said he’s not worried about infecting his wife because they don’t get together with other people outside the house, but his kids won’t join them on Thanksgiving.
He said. “I would love to have it with my kids, but my kids are in three separate states across the country, and for them to get here they would all have to go to an airport, take a plane, travel with public transport. . ‘
Its warnings come after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued similar warnings regarding the upcoming vacation on Wednesday.
On average, infections soared to over 49,000 new infections each day. That’s a 13% increase from the previous week, according to Johns Hopkins University
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Dr Robert Redfield (pictured) warned families spending time together over the Thanksgiving holiday could drive up COVID cases as “small household gatherings »Are blamed for rising infection rates
Director Dr Robert Redfield said families spending time together could drive up COVID cases, with “small household gatherings” already blamed for rising infection rates.
“In the public arena, we are seeing a higher degree of vigilance and mitigation measures in many jurisdictions,” Redfield said during a call with state governors on Tuesday, according to CNN.
“But what we see as the growing threat right now is actually acquiring the infection through small family gatherings,” Redfield said.
“Particularly as Thanksgiving approaches, we think it’s really important to stress the vigilance of these ongoing mitigation measures as part of the household. “
There are more than 7.8 million cases of the virus in the United States and more than 216,000 people have died since the pandemic spread in mid-March
On average, infections soared to more than 49,000 new cases every day. That’s a 13 percent increase from the previous week, according to Johns Hopkins University.
There are more than 7.8 million cases of the virus in the United States and more than 216,000 people have died since the pandemic spread in mid-March.
Redfield’s remarks come just days after White House Coronavirus Response Task Force coordinator Dr Deborah Birx warned the Northeast was showing “disturbing signs” in a “style” very different ”from coronavirus spreading as temperatures drop in the region.
Birx said on Thursday that the cooler fall weather in the region had led to the coronavirus spreading more rapidly in small gatherings of families and social groups, than in schools and workplaces where people follow precautions.
“What we see in the community is much more prevalent in households and on social occasions, small gatherings where people have walked inside, removed their masks to eat, drink or socialize with each other. Birx said Thursday at a panel discussion. discussion at the University of Connecticut in Hartford, Connecticut.
It’s a similar type of spread pattern that was seen in the southern states during the summer, when people flocked to air-conditioned interior areas to escape the heat and humidity, he said. she said, according to ABC News.