Thanksgiving, many fear, will be a superspreading event for the virus
Thanksgiving could potentially become a superspreading event for the virus. After all, three weeks after Canada celebrated its thanksgiving day, there’s a national spike in cases. Top doctors across the board blame the October 12 festivity among other things.
The US could see a similar increase as the holiday date approaches. Dr. Anthony Fauci has also warned that due to restrictions, thanksgiving will be different this year. Fauci stated: ‘It is unfortunate, because that’s such a sacred part of the American tradition, the family gathering around Thanksgiving, but that is a risk’.
Meanwhile, another top health official, Dr. Bonnie Henry of British Columbia, has reiterated a call for caution. ‘Prior to Thanksgiving I made a lot of appeals to people about the need to keep the family gatherings small’, said Henry. ‘Unfortunately, there were a number of events that have happened that have led to quite dramatic increases over the past week’.
The second-wave in Canada has been pretty steady and resilient, even though mask-wearing restrictions are widespread. Prime Minister Trudeau remarks were very direct: ‘We are in an unprecedented global pandemic that really sucks. It’s tough going through this second wave, it’s frustrating. This sucks. It really, really does.’
The Canadian PM also suggested Christmas gatherings might be done away with giving the rise of cases. ‘I think we need to consider all the celebrations that are coming up whether it’s Diwali, or Hanukkah, or Christmas and look at how we can regroup and focus on our immediate families and making sure we can support each other to do it safely’, said Henry. Meanwhile, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reminds every American that the best way to protect themselves and their families is to stay home.