Stay Home For Thanksgiving: Help Stop Spread of COVID-19


Health Editor’s Note: Stay home this Thanksgiving. Do your part to not add to the surging coronavirus cases in the U.S. When all is said and done the day that is labeled as Thanksgiving, is really just another day on the calendar.  

Do not host the ‘family’ which very likely will be made up of people who have not been adhering to masking, physical distancing, impeccable hand-washing techniques, etc. Those that would like to come for that free meal, to have something to do to kill the time, often sitting and staring at their phones instead of conversing, will be from younger age groups who do not practice any of the COVID-19 prevention measures since they think they will not contract coronavirus or if they do it will not kill them.  But, and this is a large BUT, they can and do carry the virus to others….perhaps that great aunt, grandmother, great-grandfather, who will likely not survive a severe case of COVID-19. You might also have a relative who thinks coronavirus is a hoax. Certainly no need to open your lives up to that craziness.

Stay home so you can see your relatives and friends in the days that come, when we will not be facing a surge of COVID-19 infections and all the destruction this virus can bring. In the meantime: text, face-time, zoom, skype, phone…Carol  

Physician predicts ‘unprecedented surge’ in US Covid-19 cases after Thanksgiving

CNN)Coronavirus cases in the US will spike after Thanksgiving, further stressing health care systems and prompting new restrictions, an emergency physician said Saturday, as states continued to report soaring numbers of new cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

Dr. James Phillips, chief of disaster medicine at George Washington University Hospital, told CNN’s Erica Hill he is “terrified” about what’s going to happen this holiday season.
“We’re going to see an unprecedented surge of cases following Thanksgiving this year, and if people don’t learn from Thanksgiving, we’re going to see it after Christmas as well,” Phillips said.
Already, grim indicators offer a glimpse of what’s to come. A little more than a week after the US first topped 100,000 daily infections, it reported a record of more than 184,000 new cases Friday. Hospitalizations also hit a new high — for the fourth consecutive day — with more than 68,500 Covid-19 patients nationwide, according to the COVID Tracking Project. And the country’s daily death toll has topped 1,300 at least three times this week.
“Things are going to get much, much worse,” said Dr. Leana Wen, a CNN medical analyst and former Baltimore Health Commissioner. She expressed concern over the impact on the already-strained health care system when the new cases added in recent days are reflected in hospitalizations.

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  1. I am interested in a more complete picture of the new cases of this contagious flu. Numbers are meaningless unless we readers can see who those people are who are getting the flu. What are their ages and physical condition? It seems to me that if the numbers of cases are available to the author there must be additional information available to inform those of us who doubt very much that this flu is so much worse than any other flu.

    • lizzie, Anyone can get COVID-19 or the flu or both. Humans are how COVID-19 and the flu spread. These are viruses which cannot make more of themselves without hijacking human cells and using the human cell’s reproductive system to make more of themselves. COVID-19 has a hyper ability to spread and thus is very contagious. COVID-19 is not influenza.

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