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Dr. Fauci Issues Thanksgiving COVID Warning

Congregating with friends and family might not be a good idea this year.

The Thanksgiving holiday is just over a month away. While traditionally, friends and family congregate from around the country to share a turkey dinner, this year you might want to reconsider celebrating with your loved ones, urges Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert. The Director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and key member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force revealed during a Thursday discussion with Yahoo News Editor in Chief Daniel Klaidman and Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff, that he won't be spending the holiday with his family and offered his advice on who else should follow his lead. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

Dr. Fauci Says Things Will be Different This Year

"I mean, it's such a beautiful tradition, Thanksgiving, of getting family together," he admitted. "I think we just need to realize that things might be different this year." 

According to Dr. Fauci, there is not a one-size-fits-all answer to the question of who should be extra careful over the holidays. 

"People have to make their individual choice, particularly who you have in your home," Fauci explained. "Are they vulnerable people? Are they elderly? Are they people with underlying conditions?"

"Unless you absolutely know that you're not infected," he warns about the potential implications of traveling, specifically, "if you want to have people who are going to be flying in from a place that has a lot of infection, you're going to an airport that might be crowded, you're on a plane," he continued. "There are many people who are not going to want to take that risk."

The risk is so high, that he is going to spend the holidays without his own children. 

"I have three children that I would love to see over Thanksgiving. They're in three separate parts triangulated throughout the country. They are adult women. I'd love to see them," he said. "They themselves are concerned about getting on a plane, being in an airport, coming in for a couple of days with their father, me, who is in an age group that is vulnerable. And they've made the decision that they're not going to do that."

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Fauci Hopes by Christmas, Things Could be Different

When it comes to the next round of holidays, he points out that things could change.

"Hopefully by Christmas, that might be different," he said. "But right now that was their decision. Each individual family needs to make the decision based upon the risk situation in your own family." As for yourself, listen to the man, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

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