Families fully vaccinated against COVID-19 should feel safe during holiday gatherings, says the government’s top infectious disease expert.
dr. Speaking at a Bipartisan Policy Center event Monday, Anthiny Fauci provided some guidelines for family gatherings ahead of Thanksgiving.
“If you get vaccinated and your family gets vaccinated, you can feel good about enjoying a typical Thanksgiving, Christmas with your family and close friends,” said Fauci, who is also the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
He said that with about 70,000 new COVID-19 cases reported in the US each day, he recommends that people wear masks in indoor environments with large municipalities.
“But when you’re at home with your family, thank God, enjoy it with your parents, your kids, your grandparents. There’s no reason not to,” he said.
He added that the pandemic will end one day, but how quickly the country gets there “depends on us”.
About 60 million Americans 12 years or older who qualify for a vaccine have not been vaccinated, he said. About 75-80% of adults have received at least one dose, he said.
Fauci said some parts of the United States are seeing a rise in daily COVID-19 cases. In San Antonio, the level of risk remains “low” and “stable”.
The seven-day moving average of COVID-19 cases is 210.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say gatherings outside are safer than inside. The CDC also recommends collecting in well-ventilated areas.
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