Dr. Anthony Fauci says Americans may need to “bite the bullet” and cancel Thanksgiving this year.
Anthony Fauci, MD, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, says COVID-19 is still a menace, and the increasing number of infections in the nation could endanger those who are the most vulnerable — older individuals and those with existing medical conditions.
During an interview with CBS News‘ anchor Nora O’Donnell, Fauci told the host, “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.”
“That is unfortunately a risk, when you have people coming from out of town, gathering together in an indoor setting,” he said
“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.
The doctor said that COVID-19 cases are still rising in 37 states, saying “what we really have to do is double down,” addressing the upcoming winter months, and urges Americans to continue wearing masks, practice social distancing, and washing hands frequently.
“They sound very simple, but people are not doing that, and that’s why we have an uptick in cases,” The Daily Wire quoted Fauci.
Fauci also added that his children who live in different states say they won’t be coming for the anticipated holiday, saying, “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.”
Fauci’s remarks came after the current head of CDC, Robert R. Redfield said small gatherings could spike the spread of COVID-19 in the nation.