Christmas can be very similar to Thanksgiving in the midst of the COVID wave


Adrianna Rodriguez

| USA ma

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Dr. Anthony Fauci suggested that Thanksgiving could be the beginning of the dark holidays, as the surge in coronavirus cases is likely to persist and even worsen until December, January, and February.

– If the wave alternately continues to move upwards and suffers more than 100,000 infections and 1,300 deaths a day, and the number keeps rising and rising … I don’t see that this would be any different Christmas and New Year holidays than during thanksgiving. , He said in an interview with the US last week.

The director of the National Institute of Allergic and Infectious Diseases said the country is vulnerable during the holiday season because infections are too high to control surges when they occur, as he trusts they will do so in the winter months as well.

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Fauci said he is more likely to discard Christmas plans this year than at Thanksgiving. Instead of welcoming her three daughters from different parts of the country this year, she decided to send her love over Zoom and enjoy a quiet dinner with her wife.

“For my own family, I say it was a great Thanksgiving and Christmas last year. We are looking forward to a really big Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2021, ”he said. “Now let’s get the most out of the situation and show our love and affection for the people by keeping them safe.”

But before Thanksgiving on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, almost 3 million passengers passed through security checkpoints. Sunday has been the busiest day at airport checkpoints since March.

Ali Mokdad, a professor of health measurement at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation and head of public health at the University of Washington, said that only about a quarter of COVID-19 cases are reported in the United States because testing is still not easy for everyone and the disease its mild forms are not revealed.

According to Johns Hopkins University, there were 181,490 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the 23rd consecutive day of more than 100,000 newly reported cases. But the Institute for Health Measurement and Evaluation has recently estimated that there are about twice as many cases as reported. By December 25, he had forecast more than 450,000 cases if trends continued.

“In particular, we need to prevent COVID-19 from entering when we receive a vaccine,” Mokdad said. “We need to be especially careful over the next few more weeks to avoid pain and suffering.”

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As the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continues to rise across the country, states are introducing restrictions on new coronaviruses. Many impose restrictions on social gatherings, add states to travel quarantine lists, prescribe face masks, and encourage residents to stay at home. Others limit working hours and restaurant capacity.

Jodie Guest, Professor and Vice President of the Department of Epidemiology Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health said the country is unlikely to see the benefits of these new restrictions until the holidays.

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“Everything we do has implications for four to six weeks,” he said. “These preventative measures will keep people alive for the holidays, but I don’t think they would give us permission to have Christmas and Hanukkah parties in previous years.”

While it’s hard to miss family holidays, Guest said the U.S. needs to “make huge adjustments,” including mandatory disguise, social distancing, and avoiding large gatherings. Small gatherings are also risky.

Although little data is available on small gatherings, experts speculate that they may be one of the main drivers of the pandemic, especially when multiple households are involved.

“Given the cold weather and the fact that these types of holidays – no matter how wonderful, beautiful and traditional – are basically indoor things with people who are going to sing, laugh, eat and drink … you just have to be careful,” Fauci said.

However, he has a tradition that Fauci says is safe to maintain: Santa Claus. Of course, you’re immune to the coronavirus, which means you can safely deliver gifts on Christmas Eve.

“Santa is exempt from this because Santa has a lot of good innate immunity despite all the good qualities,” Fauci said. “So Santa isn’t going to spread infections to anyone.”

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