Dr. Fauci: Thanksgiving Family Gatherings Should Be Canceled Because of COVID-19
'You may have to bite the bullet and sacrifice that social gatherings'
Dr. Anthony Fauci has suggested Thanksgiving celebrations should be canceled this year due to the coronavirus.
The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases warned COVID-19 is still a menace, adding the rising infections could endanger older people or those with medical maladies.
“You may have to bite the bullet and sacrifice that social gathering, unless you’re pretty certain that the people that you’re dealing with are not infected,” Fauci told CBS News anchor Norah O’Donnell.
“That is, unfortunately, a risk, when you have people coming from out of town, gathering together in an indoor setting,” he said.
“It is unfortunate because that’s such a sacred part of American tradition — the family gathering around Thanksgiving. But that is a risk.”
“Given the fluid and dynamic nature of what’s going on right now in the spread and the uptick of infections, I think people should be very careful and prudent about social gatherings, particularly when members of the family might be at a risk because of their age or their underlying condition,” Fauci added.
Fauci noted that 37 states are seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases, adding “what we really have to do is double down” as the U.S. moves into winter.
“They sound very simple, but people are not doing that, and that’s why we have an uptick in cases,” he said.
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Fauci claimed his children won’t be coming home for the holiday.
“They themselves, because of their concern for me and my age, have decided they’re not going to come home for Thanksgiving — even though all three of them want very much to come home for Thanksgiving,” he said.
Meanwhile, Microsoft founder Bill Gates warned that the fall would be "worse than the summer" for the coronavirus pandemic.
Gates, who has previously predicted that multiple doses of a COVID-19 vaccine would be needed for it works, also predicted back in 2015 that the world was not prepared for a pandemic.
In an interview with Politico Playbook, Gates was asked about the "right the course" of COVID-19:
"The fall is going to be worse than the summer," Gates stated.
"All the numbers are ticking up, and that was always a very good chance that as people go indoors and it's colder, that we would see more transmission."