Joyful Thanksgiving Mayhem

Vox tells us how we Americans are going to celebrate Thanksgiving this year:

Poll: 2 in 5 Americans are likely to attend a large gathering this holiday season

A new poll conducted by Ohio State University has found that 38 percent of Americans say they are likely to participate in gatherings of more than 10 family members this holiday season, and a third would not ask others to wear masks at holiday gatherings.

The findings, which come as the US is experiencing its third and most widely spread wave of coronavirus infections, suggest that millions of Americans may end up ignoring suggestions from public health experts on how to minimize their risk of transmitting Covid-19 during the upcoming holiday season…

For instance, 27 percent of respondents indicated that they wouldn’t practice social distancing during holiday gatherings, the survey found.

Most of the ICU beds in the country are occupied and the entire healthcare system is likely to collapse by Christmas due to demand. So don’t plan on having a heart attack in December or other health emergency.

Stopping the spread of the coronavirus is a matter of pressing concern for public health officials — in the United States, daily confirmed cases recently topped 180,000. Hospitalization records are being broken, leading to concerns that hospitals in many states will soon be overwhelmed with Covid-19 patients. And deaths are rising as well, averaging more than 1,000 per day in the past week…

“You get one person who’s asymptomatic and infected, and then all of a sudden, four or five people in that gathering are infected,” Fauci said during an interview in October. “To me, that’s the exact scenario that you’re going to see on Thanksgiving.”

Fauci has said that he won’t be getting together with his own daughters this Thanksgiving because they live in regions with high rates of infection.

It doesn’t have to be like this.

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14 Responses to Joyful Thanksgiving Mayhem

  1. Thomas White says:

    Odd how that supposed “rugged individualism” of me, me, me first that conservatives are always championing would eventually lead to our collective demise…

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  2. roket says:

    27 percent of respondents indicated that they wouldn’t practice social distancing. I’m beginning to hate that number.

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  3. spotthedog says:

    Ah, the Palin word-salad seasoned with turkey beheadings, what a classic, now it feels like Thanksgiving!

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  4. ming says:

    Not only are your chances of becoming infected increasing daily over the next couple of months, the probability of a bad outcome or death are also increasing as the healthcare system becomes overwhelmed. I predict that we see over 200,000 new cases in a day by the end of the week and 250,000 new cases in a day by Thanksgiving. Anybody want to bet under on this prediction and lose some Quatloos? It takes two weeks for any action in the present to affect the course of the virus. I currently don’t see much change in peoples behavior. Maybe +300,000 new cases per day by mid December, rising death rates, and widespread use of field hospitals and morgues will get our collective attention. It is going to be a bleak couple of months.

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  5. MDavis says:

    We’ve passed a quarter million U.S. deaths in Worldometer.
    Johns Hopkins isn’t there yet, but it won’t be far behind.
    If only the Cheetoh in Charge had gotten the point that 250,000 was a warning, not a goal.

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  6. Jimmy T says:

    I disagree. It does have to be like this. The folks doing the damage and the ones they’ll infect are incapable of understanding the danger. Yes the medical system will be overwhelmed, and the death rate will spike, and those who live their final moments on a ventilator will rage at the medical staff treating them. Not gonna see a non atheist (athetits?) in their Fox hole. They will become the dying breed of true believers, but fear not. The average intelligence of America will rise slowly at first, and then like bankruptcy, all at once…

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