With coronavirus cases setting another heartbreaking record—two million in just two weeks, with hospitals in some states overflowing—the nation's top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci went on Good Morning America with one "final plea" for all Americans before Thanksgiving. "Well, the final message is to do what really we've been saying now for some time is to the extent possible: Keep the indoor gatherings as small as you possibly can," he said. "We all know how difficult that is because this is such a beautiful traditional holiday. But by making that sacrifice, you're going to be preventing people from getting infected." Read on to hear his further warning, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Dr. Fauci Said a Sacrifice Now Will Make "the Future Much Brighter"
Why the warning about getting together with your extended family or group of friends? Fauci said "we know for sure that people who are without symptoms innocently, with no malintention at all, goes to a party or goes to a gathering, gets together, indoor, you let your guard down. You obviously have to take a mask off if you're eating or drinking, try to avoid that as much as possible. A sacrifice now could save lives and illness and make the future much brighter as we get through this."
The GMA anchor George Stephanopoulos asked Fauci about a recent New York Times article that cast doubt on small gatherings as the driver of the surge. "Household get-togethers undoubtedly do contribute to community transmission of the virus. Canada's recent Thanksgiving certainly added to its rising cases; such an increase may happen here, too, as the United States embarks on a holiday season like no other. That's why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday warned so strongly against gathering with others outside the household during Thanksgiving," said the article. "But are dinners and backyard barbecues really the engine driving the current surge of infections? The available data do not support that contention, scientists say. Still, the idea has been repeated so often it has become conventional wisdom, leading to significant restrictions in many states."
"I think what the confusion is, George, is that when you look at the surges, it is still dominated by larger gatherings, by people who are in indoor places, by bars, where people congregate, said Dr. Fauci. "But when you account for that, there still is transmission among gatherings that appear to be relatively innocent." They aren't.
Dr. Fauci Begs You to Follow the Fundamentals Until the Vaccine Arrives
Dr. Fauci said the light was at the end of the tunnel—the vaccines are coming, for high-risk patients as soon as next month—so hang tight. "We're going to get through this. Vaccines are right on the horizon. If we can just hang in there a bit longer and continue to do the simple mitigation things that we're talking about all the time—the masks, the distancing, the avoiding crowds, particularly indoor. If we do those things, we're going to get through it. So that's my final plea before the holiday. What we don't want to see is yet another surge superposed upon the surge that you just described, which we'll realize [in] three, three and a half weeks from now." So follow his fundamentals, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch Coronavirus.