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Dr. Fauci reveals what could really happen this Christmas with COVID-19

Can you celebrate Christmas during the holiday season? It’s unclear at the moment what Dr. Fauci thinks

Dr. Anthony Fauci on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci finishes his testimony before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee about the status of COVID-19, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 20, 2021.
J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press

Dr. Anthony Fauci isn’t quite ready to say you’re safe to celebrate Christmas and the winter holidays without taking proper precautions.

Over the weekend, Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CBS’s “Face the Nation” that it’s unclear what the holiday season will look like for American families.

  • “We’ve just got to concentrate on continuing to get those numbers down, and not try to jump ahead by weeks or months and say what we’re going to do at a particular time,” he said. “Let’s focus like a laser on continuing to get those cases down, and we can do it by people getting vaccinated and also in the situation where boosters are appropriate to get people boosted.”

There has already been some talk that the current coronavirus wave will reach its resting place by Thanksgiving, paving the way for a safe holiday season.

Last week, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, said the country will have about 90% immunity — from vaccination and natural infection — by Thanksgiving.

  • “I’m optimistic that we’re peaking in COVID for the grim truth that the delta wave is so pervasive and infecting so many people that on the back end of this we’re going to have immunity in, at least, 85%, maybe 90% of the population,” Gottlieb said, per CNBC. “Some will have acquired that immunity through vaccination. Some will have acquired that immunity through infection. Some will have been both vaccinated and infected.”

Gottlieb told CNN last weekend that he sees Thanksgiving as an endpoint for the current delta wave.

  • “I think by Thanksgiving you’ll see it run its course,” he told CNN.