Not only does Dr. Anthony Fauci want you to continue hunkering down in your home all winter regardless of whether it costs you your business or your livelihood – now, he wants you to skip Thanksgiving.
When asked if he agrees with CDC Director Robert Redfield on Thanksgiving gatherings with family carrying a significant risk for spreading COVID, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said, “I do.”
“I do. I do, and that’s really an unfortunate fact that is going to cause obviously some concern about everyone who looks forward to the holidays,” Fauci told CBS Wednesday.
“That is, unfortunately, a risk when you have people coming from out of town, gathering together in an indoor setting, you don’t know what the status of it is. It is unfortunate cause that’s such a sacred part of American tradition, the family gathering around Thanksgiving, but that is a risk,” he continued.
“Namely, you may have to bite the bullet and sacrifice that social gathering unless you’re pretty certain that the people that you’re dealing with are not infected,” he added.
In all his concern over people catching the coronavirus – which carries an above 99 percent survival rate for those 69 and under, and a nearly 95 percent survival rate for those above 70 – Fauci appears to have forgotten (or chosen to outright ignore) the physical and mental health impacts of long-term isolation and separation from loved ones - particularly for the elderly.
But those in nursing homes haven’t. In one case, a group of 20 nursing home residents in Colorado, many of them in wheelchairs, gathered outside last week to protest the state health department’s COVID restrictions that have kept them inside their facility and unable to be in close proximity to or have any physical contact with friends and family for months. Some held signs with messages like, “Prisoners in our own home,” “Give us freedom,” and even “Rather die from COVID than loneliness.”
“They want to be able to hug their grandchildren, they want to be able to hold the hands of their loved ones,” said Ben Gonzales, an assistant administrator at Fairacres Manor.
“We used to be lucky here at Fairacres to show each other what we mean to one another and we cannot do that anymore,” said 75-year-old Sharon Peterson said. “Fairacres follows the rules and, with that, we think they would keep us safe while being able to be with our families again.”
“We did this because one thing we have to look forward to is a simple hug,” she added. “It gives us meaning.”
Praise the Lord and pass the mashed potatoes.