Fauci warns Thanksgiving gatherings may need to be ‘sacrificed’ amid COVID uptick

October 16, 2020
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Dr. Anthony Fauci practices what he preaches.

During an interview with CBS News Wednesday, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said Americans should scrap most Thanksgiving gatherings this year.

"I think given the fluid and dynamic nature of what's going on right now in the spread and the uptick of infections, I think people should be very careful and prudent about social gatherings, particularly when members of the family might be at a risk because of their age or their underlying condition," Fauci told Norah O’Donnell.

"You may have to bite the bullet and sacrifice that social gathering unless you're pretty certain that the people that you're dealing with are not infected," he said.

He added, "When you're talking about relatives that are getting on a plane, being exposed in an airport, being exposed in a plane, then walk in the door and say 'Happy Thanksgiving' — that you have to be careful about."

Fauci said that his three children won't be heading to Washington to spend the holiday with him and his wife, for the same reasons he's telling others to avoid Thanksgiving blowout bashes.

"My Thanksgiving is going to look very different this year," he said. "I would love to have it with my children, but my children are in three separate states throughout the country, and in order for them to get here, they would all have to go to an airport, get on a plane, travel with public transportation."

The 79-year-old added, "They themselves, because of their concern for me and my age, have decided they're not going to come home for Thanksgiving — even though all three of them want very much to come home for Thanksgiving."

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