Dr. Birx: Americans Who Gathered for Thanksgiving Need to Assume They Have COVID-19
Coordinator of the WH Coronavirus Task Force issue warning
Dr. Deborah Birx has urged Americans who gathered for Thanksgiving celebrations to assume they ate infected with the coronavirus and to get tested.
The coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force made the statements on Fox News "Face the Nation."
"We know people may have made mistakes over the Thanksgiving time period," Birx said on Sunday.
"If you're young and you gathered, you need to be tested about five to 10 days later. But you need to assume that you're infected and not go near your grandparents and aunts and others without a mask."
"We're really asking families to even mask indoors if they chose to gather during Thanksgiving and others went across the country or even into the next state."
Birx also said she believes there will be large spikes of coronavirus following Thanksgiving.
"Going into the Memorial Day weekend, we had less than 25,000 a day, we had only 30,000 inpatients in the hospital, and we had way less mortality, way under a thousand," Birx said.
"We're entering this post-Thanksgiving surge with three, four, and 10 times as much disease across the country."
"And so that's what worries us the most."
"We are deeply worried about what could happen post-Thanksgiving because the number of cases, 25,000 versus 180,000 a day, that's where- that's why we are deeply concerned," she said.
She added that falling cases in the northern plains states, "we're worried that all of that will be reversed."
Birx then blasted governors and mayors, who allowed their constituents to decide which activities they are comfortable doing.
"To every American, this is the moment to protect yourself and your family," Birx stated.
"So if your governor or your mayor isn't doing the policies that we know are critical — masking, physical distancing, avoiding bars, avoiding crowded indoor areas — if those restrictions don't exist in your state, you need to take it upon yourself to be restricted. You need to not go to these places. You need to protect your family now."
"The one thing that we will bring to the Biden administration in that discussion is to understand how they want to see the data because data isn't helpful if it's not actionable," she said.
"And each group needs to see it the way it moves them to action."
Earlier this month, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned that people may still be required to wear masks and continue practicing social distancing despite being vaccinated.
The Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told CNN that COVID-19 precautions will still be necessary after a vaccine becomes available.
He also insisted that life will be unlikely to return to "normal" following mass public vaccinations.
“I would recommend to people to not to abandon all public health measures just because you’ve been vaccinated,” Fauci said.