U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams is pleading with Americans to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines over the Thanksgiving holiday as the country is experiencing an alarming surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.
During an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Adams implored Americans to avoid holding large holiday gatherings as the U.S. is at a “dire point” in the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I want the American people to know that we are at a dire point in our fight with this virus by any measure: cases, positivity, hospitalizations, deaths. We’re seeing more Americans negatively impacted than ever before,” Adams said before touting the recent advances of a safe and effective vaccine.
“I’m asking Americans, I’m begging you, hold just a little bit longer. Keep Thanksgiving and the celebration small and smart this year.”
Public health experts worry Thanksgiving will accelerate the pandemic as people gather with friends and family across the country.
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SOURCE: The Hill, Joseph Guzman