“And if we did that, we could drive the numbers down, like they’ve done in Asia, like they did in New Zealand and Australia,” said Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.
Biden, who has assembled a coronavirus task force, has said he will escalate the war against the virus, promising to “listen to the scientists” to bring it under control.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a Democrat, said Nov. 12 that all Chicagoans should ditch their Thanksgiving plans and remain at home for 30 days unless they need to go to work or school or deal with essentials such as a doctor visit or buying groceries. City residents should also avoid inviting guests into their homes or leaving to conduct nonessential business.
Infections are reportedly climbing across the nation. Cases in Illinois are now up more than 60 percent compared to the previous week, according to CNBC’s analysis of data provided by Johns Hopkins University.
California recently made national headlines when Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, and the state's Department of Public Health (CDPH) released tough new rules governing gatherings at home in time for Thanksgiving.
Gatherings must include no more than three households, last no longer than two hours, face masks must remain on after eating and drinking, and singing, chanting, and shouting are “strongly discouraged.” Instrumental music, except from wind instruments, is permitted if “the musicians maintain at least 6-foot physical distancing,” and come from one of the three households.
“Gatherings that include more than 3 households are prohibited,” and all such gatherings “must be held outside” and may only take place “in outdoor spaces that are covered by umbrellas, canopies, awnings, roofs, and other shade structures provided that at least three sides of the space (or 75%) are open to the outdoors.” Attendees are allowed to “go inside to use restrooms as long as the restrooms are frequently sanitized.”
The use of shared items is officially discouraged.
“As much as possible, any food or beverages at outdoor gatherings must be in single-serve disposable containers.”
Attendees are allowed to “remove their face coverings briefly to eat or drink as long as they stay at least 6 feet away from everyone outside their own household, and put their face covering back on as soon as they are done with the activity.”
Massachusetts also is cracking down.
Gatherings at homes are limited to 10 people inside and 25 people outside and must conclude not later than 9:30 p.m.
Infectious-disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci warned last month that Americans may have to skip Thanksgiving this year.
With coronavirus cases reportedly on the rise in more than 40 states, Fauci said large family gatherings, especially those involving elderly relatives or out-of-state travel, are a bad idea.
The longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said his own children will not be spending time with him at Thanksgiving.