Dr. Fauci advises Americans to abandon Thanksgiving plans

Dr. Fauci advises Americans to abandon Thanksgiving plans

Dr. Anthony Fauci advised Americans to reconsider their Thanksgiving plans and move away from traditional family celebrations due to the increased number of COVID-19 cases.

Fauci, the highest-ranking member of the White House's Public Health Coronavirus Task Force, told ABC News that, given the rise in incidence in nearly three dozen states, basic security measures «need to be doubled.»

However, with Thanksgiving approaching, it's not just about traditional handwashing, social distancing and wearing masks. Fauci said everyone who was going to visit relatives on holidays should think twice.

“We really need to be careful this time. — he says — Every family should soberly assess the ratio of risk and benefit.

The U.S. government's chief infectious disease expert added that Thanksgiving will be especially important as safety measures will be essential during the holidays, as Americans often pass through crowded transport hubs such as airports.

“If your relatives include people at risk, for example, the elderly or those suffering from chronic diseases, it is better to consider whether you really want to gather with the whole family. It might be better to wait [until the danger is over]. ”

Today, the United States ranks first in the world in the number of cases of coronavirus (7.9 million). Of these, at least 217 thousand are fatal.