As Thanksgiving came and went, health experts around the country began to sound the alarm…again.
They saw a nation who was unwilling to drastically alter their plans to gather with their families at this time of year, where we traditionally come together to reflect on the year gone by.
And oh what a year it was.
Now we’re in the home stretch of this ridiculous time known as “2020”, and we want nothing more than to be with one another for Christmas. The CDC and others seem to think that this isn’t such a good idea.
The CDC, which had issued warnings against Thanksgiving gatherings, has now urged Americans not to travel at Christmas in a bid to prevent further surges.
‘The best thing for Americans to do during the holiday season is to stay at home and not travel,’ Dr Henry Walke, the CDC’s incident manager for COVID-19 response, told reporters in a media call. ‘Cases are rising. Hospitalizations are increasing. Deaths are increasing. We need to try to bend the curve, stop this exponential increase.’
The surge prompted Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to issue new lockdown orders yesterday as he warned that the city could run out of hospital beds by Christmas if the current surge in cases continues. Under the new restrictions, people have been asked to stay in their homes, all travel including walking has been banned and non-essential businesses have been closed. Residents face potential arrest if they break the new restrictions.
The news won’t be terribly welcome for many Americans, however, as evidenced both by their nonchalance at Thanksgiving and their ever-increasing COVID fatigue.
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