- The coronavirus is spreading across the United States as temperatures drop and more people gather indoors.
- On Thursday, both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the White House called on people to stay home on this Thanksgiving and keep the celebrations with one household.
- At a White House press conference, Dr. Deborah Birks spoke in front of an alarm map showing COVID-19 outbreaks everywhere.
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The United States is covered in coronavirus from coast to coast.
The spread is so bad that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention held its first press conference in months on Thursday and called on all Americans to stay home on this Thanksgiving.
Hours later, the White House Coronavirus Task Force also held a briefing to call for extra caution, stressing that no one should gather indoors with people from other households now or next week.
“We ask every American to remain valiant,”
“In this moment of uniting people … really limit indoor interaction to immediate households when we see this level of community spreading,” she said.
One million new cases of the virus were diagnosed across the country last week, washing the map of the country in red:
The recent influx of new cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, began with a cold in September, which hit the middle of the country hard.
As temperatures dropped, people in the United States went indoors indoors, where the virus spreads best.
One of the reasons the virus spreads so easily in homes, bars and weddings is that people can pass it on to others without ever showing symptoms just by talking to each other.
“Sometimes when we go indoors and we’re with friends and family, we just assume that if you look good, everything’s fine,” Birks said. “But among these individuals, there may be individuals who are already infected, have no symptoms, and unknowingly spread the virus to others. It is because of this asymptomatic spread that we have asked people to wear a mask.”
The jump in the daily new cases that the country sees now is the sharpest so far:
Dr. Eli Perenchevich, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Iowa, told Business Insider that Americans need to buckle up and prepare for a long, difficult winter.
“At the moment, I don’t see it improving at all,” Perencevic said. “I mean, I think it’s still going up and up and up. I think that given that hospitalizations and deaths are lagging behind a few weeks and a month after the increase in cases and cases have increased almost exponentially in the last month, that really there is no end in sight “.
If you’re worried about what the virus is doing where you live, there are several tools you can use to investigate its spread.
The smart thermometer company Kinsa has developed a tool that calculates the risk of infection in your zip code, based on local COVID-19 and flu standards, as well as thermometer data. Researchers at Georgia Tech have also created a tool that calculates the risk of contracting coronavirus at a Thanksgiving gathering or other social event, based on the county in which you live and how many people will be at the event.
But wherever you live, the CDC emphasizes that the safest way to make Thanksgiving in 2020 is to connect with virtually anyone you don’t live with yet.
“The tragedy that can happen is that one of your family members, from the collection of this family reunion, can actually be hospitalized and seriously ill and die,” said Dr. Henry Walk, manager of the incident. CDC in COVID-19, call with reporters on Thursday.