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Dr. Fauci says you may want to ‘hold off’ on Thanksgiving this year

Dr. Fauci told CNN that people in places in the U.S. may want to hold off on Thanksgiving celebrations

In this Nov. 23, 1945 file photo a float is paraded through New York’s Times Square during the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the first parade since the festivities were suspended during World War II.
In this Nov. 23, 1945 file photo, a float is paraded through New York’s Times Square during the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the first parade since the festivities were suspended during World War II.
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You may want to avoid having a Thanksgiving Day celebration this year, Dr. Anthony Fauci recently told CNN.

Fauci said surges in COVID-19 in the U.S. may come as weather gets colder this winter. Rising cases couples with cold temperatures may change how we celebrate Thanksgiving.

Some state are “looking good” in terms of handling the coronavirus, Fauci said. But other states might need to take a hard look at how they celebrate the winter holiday.

Here’s what he said:

“But what we’re starting to see now — and we can’t run away from it — we’re starting to see in the Midwest and the Northwest an uptick in test positivity which tends to be a predictor that you’re going to have surges. When you go into the fall and winter, the weather’s colder, you tend to be indoors. When you’re indoors it becomes more problematic to be able to block the transmission of infection.”

“I say that some people in this country are going to be a relatively normal type of a Thanksgiving but in other areas of the country, it’s gonna be — you better hold off and maybe just have immediate family. Make sure you do it in a way that people wear masks and you don’t have large crowds of people. You know, I’d like to say that everything is gonna be great by Thanksgiving, but I’m not so sure it is.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests people stay home for Thanksgiving.

The CDC recommends having a dinner with only people in your home. Virtual dinners are also recommended.