Preventing a Coronavirus Holiday Surge
Experts are concerned that Thanksgiving travel and gatherings could cause another surge of the coronavirus – “a surge upon a surge” according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert. Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, told CBS‘ “Face the Nation” on Sunday that anyone who met with people from outside their household over Thanksgiving should assume they have COVID-19 and get tested in the coming week. “If you’re young and you gathered, you need to be tested about five to 10 days later,” she said. “But you need to assume that you’re infected and not go near your grandparents and aunts and others without a mask.”
Another possible superspreader event? Thanksgiving Eve, also known as “Drinksgiving,” when college students home for the holiday meet up with their friends. According to the New York Times, in previous years, it is one of the busiest bar nights of the year. And while many states cut off alcohol sales earlier or cracked down on Covid-19 violations this year, many others have allowed bars to stay open, even as cases rise.