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Dr. Fauci Warns You Could Kill Someone on Thanksgiving

“Each family is going to have to make a risk assessment,” he said.
grandmother carrying turkey for family on thanksgiving dinner

With family gatherings now proven to lead to coronavirus surges, what should one do this holiday season? Thanksgiving is just over two weeks away. "I think each family is going to have to make a risk assessment about what the risk and benefit of what we all feel is such an important tradition that we've had since the beginning of our nation—Thanksgiving," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, to host Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC. Read on to hear how to make that risk assessment, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.

Dr. Fauci Says You Need to Weigh the Risks of Killing Someone

Regarding Thanksgiving, Fauci said: "It's an important family holiday. I mean, every family is different. If you have someone in the family, an elderly person or person with an underlying condition who, whatever that underlying condition may be—diabetes, obesity, hypertension, someone on chemotherapy for one reason or other, cancer, auto-immune disease—you really need to make a decision. Do I want to put that person at an increased risk by having people coming in from all parts of the country, usually in a crowded airport without necessarily knowing if they're infected, without having time to get tested or time to do quarantine? Make your own decision. What kind of risk are you willing to take?" The underlying conditions Fauci mentions can put patients at a greater risk of severe illness, and "severe illness from COVID-19 is defined as hospitalization, admission to the ICU, intubation or mechanical ventilation, or death," reports the CDC."

What Dr. Fauci Will Do This Thanksgiving?

"As an example, I have three adult daughters who live in three separate parts of the country all over," said Dr. Fauci. "So they're going to have to, obviously, if they want to come in for Thanksgiving, get on a plane, come here and they do not want to put their dad at risk. Well, I'm an elderly person. And I would be at an increased risk and they've made a decision that—we're my wife and I are going to have dinner together, a quiet dinner. We're going to get on Zoom. And we're going to talk and smile and laugh and drink and eat with our children, who are doing it distantly and virtually. Now that was just the decision we made. I'm not saying every family needs to make that decision, but quite frankly, I'm proud of my daughters, that they were really concerned about their quote "elderly" dad. I hate to use that word, Andrea, but it's the truth."

As for yourself, seriously consider the risk to yourself and others, and wear your face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties and family gatherings), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.