Healthcare Workers Urge Americans to ‘scale back’ Thanksgiving Gatherings

EXPERTS and frontline workers including, doctors, nurses, infectious disease experts and hospital leaders have united in warning Americans against traveling or gathering in large groups for Thanksgiving holiday.

They are fearful such events will cause an explosion of new Covid-19 cases, which could overburden hospitals struggling to recruit nurses amid an “exponential” rise in cases.

The letter echoed guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which urged Americans not to travel over the holiday in its first public briefing since August.

The period in the leads up to Thanksgiving has proved to be one of the most trying periods of the pandemic. More than 11.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with Covid-19, more than 250,000 have died, and more than 76,000 are hospitalized, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus resource center and the Covid tracking project.

The warnings come as a minority of Americans still plan to gather large groups for the holiday according to surveys, amid a surge in cases that has gripped the upper midwest and spread out to much of the country.

A recent poll conducted by Wexner Medical Center found most Americans have adjusted holiday plans, but two in five still plan to attend gatherings of more than 10 people. One-third said they would not ask people to wear masks.

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