Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, is not going to be gathering with his children on Thanksgiving because they are concerned about the threat of the coronavirus, which is surging in more than 30 states.
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CBS News in an interview this week there's a danger that social gatherings for Thanksgiving will lead to a surge in COVID-19 cases, and he warned that Americans "should be very careful and prudent" about participating in any, especially if they have family members who are at high risk for COVID-19 due to their age or underlying conditions.
"I mean, it's such a attractive tradition, Thanksgiving, of getting family together", Fauci added. "If you must travel, be informed of the risks involved". "But that is a risk".
Fauci said his children, who live in three different states, have made a decision to stay away this year amid the pandemic. He said they live in three different states and would have to each come through separate airports and decided it was not worth the risk.
Trump called Fauci a "friend" and a "nice guy" before making up quotes that the doctor never said.
"He said, 'This is not a threat, this is not a problem, don't worry about it.' It's the craziest thing", Trump said. And, often, there are unintended consequences - people keep fiddling with the mask and they keep touching their face, ' Fauci also said.
"That's sort of like saying someone was speeding in a vehicle at 95 miles an hour and didn't get in an accident, so I can go ahead and speed and not get in an accident. The president was fortunate", Fauci added.
President Donald Trump lashed out at Dr.
"We're very, very pleased that the president did so well when he was infected with the coronavirus, but there are also a lot of people who are his age and his weight which did not do as well as the president did".
Dr. Anthony Fauci has issued a new Thanksgiving warning when it comes to holding large family gatherings.
"And particularly with Thanksgiving coming up, we think it's really important to stress the vigilance of these continued mitigation steps in the household setting", Redfield said on a call with governors, according to CNN.
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 216,000 Americans have died of complications related to COVID-19, and almost 8 million have been infected.