Fauci Has Thanksgiving Advice

People should wear masks, even in a small group
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 13, 2020 12:06 PM CST
Fauci Has Thanksgiving Advice
Dr. Anthony Fauci.   (Graeme Jennings/Pool via AP)

(Newser) – Dr. Anthony Fauci is recommending masks at Thanksgiving gatherings if the coronavirus status of people is unknown, per the AP. The nation’s top infectious disease expert told CBS This Morning that “even if it’s a very small group, to the extent possible, keep the mask on.” Fauci says if families have either quarantined or been tested for the coronavirus, it’s not as necessary. But he says it’s wise to take precautions. “There is community spread right now,” he said. “(People) don’t have symptoms, they don’t know they are infected. So, we need to pull more testing into the community.”

The US set a single-day record of more than 160,000 coronavirus cases on Thursday. “If you do the things that are simple public health measures, that soaring will level and start to come down,” Fauci said. “You add that to the help of a vaccine; we can turn this around. It is not futile.” (One of President-elect Biden's COVID advisors courted controversy by suggesting a national lockdown of up to 6 weeks.)

(Read more Anthony Fauci stories.)

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