Fauci also said backing herd immunity is 'total nonsense' during his interview with 'Good Morning America'
Dr. Anthony Fauci says Americans should rethink their usual plans for Thanksgiving gatherings, citing increased coronavirus infections and hospitalizations.
Fauci told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Thursday that given the rise in cases, "we've really got to double down on fundamental public health measures that we talk about every day because they can make a difference."
As for Thanksgiving, when millions of Americans travel to gather with families and friends, Fauci says this November may need to be different. "We really have to be careful this time that each individual family evaluates the risk-benefit."
The U.S. government's top infectious disease expert says it's especially important because people traveling over the holiday often pass through crowded transportation hubs such as airports.
"If you have vulnerable people, the elderly or people that have underlying conditions, you better consider whether you want to do that now or maybe just forestall it and wait," Fauci says.
Dr. Anthony Fauci is criticizing a declaration by a group of scientists that supports the concept of "herd immunity," which the White House is using to bolster a push to reopen schools and businesses.
Fauci says backing herd immunity - the idea that a disease will stop spreading once nearly everybody has contracted it - is "total nonsense."
The top U.S. infectious disease expert says: "If you talk to anybody who has any experience in epidemiology and infectious diseases, they will tell you that that is risky and you'll wind up with many more infections of vulnerable people, which will lead to hospitalizations and death," he told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Thursday. "So I think that we've just got to look that square in the eye and say it's nonsense."
The U.S. leads the world with 7.9 million coronavirus cases and nearly 217,000 confirmed deaths. Globally, there have been 38 million reported cases and 1.09 million confirmed deaths.
Avoid these higher-risk activities to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, the CDC says:
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