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