Fauci, Other Health Experts Press On Against Large Thanksgiving Gatherings
The nation's top infectious disease expert urged Americans to conduct a "risk-benefit assessment" before getting together. "Every family is different. Everyone has a different level of risk that they want to tolerate,” he said.
Fauci Urges Americans To Conduct 'Risk-Benefit Assessment' Before Holiday Travel
Top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci urged Americans on Sunday to conduct a “risk-benefit assessment” before traveling for the holidays as Thanksgiving approaches this week. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), told NBC News’ “Meet the Press” that families need to consider the risks of gathering indoors. He said families especially need to take into account if their gatherings plan to include those who are elderly or have underlying conditions affecting their immune system. (Coleman, 11/22)
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Health Experts Urge Against Thanksgiving Gatherings As Coronavirus Cases Explode Nationwide
Health experts continue to urge Americans not to travel and gather for Thanksgiving as a fall wave of the virus worsens across the country, with case counts nearing 200,000 a day. In the past week, the new daily reported case counts in the United States spiked nearly 14 percent, according to data tracked by The Washington Post. (Firozi, Sonmez and Sun, 11/22)
Public Officials Campaign To Keep People Home For Thanksgiving
Across the country, public officials are urging people to stay home and stay safe during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday amid a dramatic rise in new cases of COVID-19 in nearly every state. Experts warn that the holiday week will be a crucial time for fighting the virus, and that even limited family gatherings could result in devastatingly high numbers of newly infected people. Hospitals are already reaching capacity around the country, as the country hit the grim milestone of 12 million confirmed cases. (Lonsdorf, 11/22)
As Coronavirus Cases Surge Nationwide, Health Experts Sound The Alarm In Mass.
Public health officials Sunday renewed calls for people to keep their guard up against the coronavirus during the holiday season, as dozens of local municipal leaders were briefed on worrisome projections on the course of the pandemic in Massachusetts. That briefing was held as the state Department of Public Health confirmed a new milestone for the pandemic, with the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases since the start of the crisis climbing past 200,000 on Sunday. (Hilliard, 11/22)
Family Members Film PSA Urging People To Stay Home After 15 Of Them Get COVID-19 Following Birthday Party: 'We Feel Guilty For Gathering'
A family in Arlington, Texas has filmed a PSA pleading with others to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously after 15 of their family members tested positive for COVID-19 following a small birthday party held indoors. “I had family over at my house for some cake for my wife’s birthday. I didn’t think anything bad would happen,” says one member of the Aragonez family in a video they made to warn others of the seriousness of the virus. “Now I’m fighting coronavirus. ”In total, all 12 of the people who attended the Nov. 1 family gathering, contracted COVID-19, as well as three family members who were not at the event. (Sheppard, 11/22)