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Thanksgiving Day may be an ‘inflection point’ for the winter surge of COVID-19

Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in a recent interview that Thanksgiving Day might matter more than we think.

In this Friday, Oct. 30, 2020 file photo, the line for early voting at a polling place in Oklahoma County wraps around Edmond Church of Christ in Edmond, Okla.
In this Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, file photo, the line for early voting at a polling place in Oklahoma County wraps around Edmond Church of Christ in Edmond, Okla.
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Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in a recent interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation” that Thanksgiving Day might be a more important day than we think when it comes to stopping the spread of the coronavirus.

  • “I think Thanksgiving is really going to be an inflection point. I think December is probably going to be our toughest month. But when you look at what’s happening in states right now, you’re seeing accelerating spread.”
  • “My view is the inflection point is going to be Thanksgiving. You’re going to see cases build over the next three weeks, and December is really going to be the slow month. But I think it’s going to be unmistakable what’s happening at that point, and we’re going to be forced to, because the hospital systems are going to become pressed again.”

Flashback:

Gottlieb said the recent spread of the novel coronavirus isn’t sustainable, and hospitals may see a surge in new cases if precautions aren’t taken.

Dr. Anthony Fauci recently told CNN that Thanksgiving Day might not be a good time to get together with family since there’s been spikes of COVID-19 across the country. Small family gatherings could increase the spread.

“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.”

Tips:

California released new guidelines for the upcoming holiday season so people could spend time with families. But the results are rather strict.

  • For example, people can’t gather with others from more than three households. Hosts should also collect names of everyone who attends so that contract tracing can be done if there are COVID-19 cases.