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Dr. Deborah Scarf, I mean Birx, is urging Americans who were wild and crazy enough to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends to assume they have Covid and get tested.
The Blaze reported on Dr. Birx’s interview with Face the Nation.
“We know people may have made mistakes over the Thanksgiving time period,” Birx said on Sunday. “If you’re young and you gathered, you need to be tested about five to 10 days later. But you need to assume that you’re infected and not go near your grandparents and aunts and others without a mask.”
I don’t know about you, but my Thanksgiving gathering was by no means a mistake. In fact, it was a wonderful time with family. It was delicious food, good company, games, and relaxation. The cousins had so much fun playing together. We considered everyone’s risk and health and, as free Americans, decided it was pretty low risk and worth taking the chance. We will make another evaluation of our Christmas plans as the holiday nears. My family usually has a much larger Christmas celebration, and we likely will scale that back in order to protect Great Grandma and Grandpa and some older relatives with health risks. Again…choices.
Dr. Birx is concerned about the risk of additional virus transmission due to the gatherings over Thanksgiving. There certainly will be additional transmissions. That’s a risk people choose to take in a free country. Also, there is major fatigue with social distancing and forgoing a ton of our normal activities.
Dr. Birx is warning all Americans and urging them to take steps to minimize risk. She further urged Americans 65 and older who gathered at Thanksgiving to get tested at the first sign of any symptoms as treatments are most effective early on in the virus.
“To every American, this is the moment to protect yourself and your family,” Birx stated. “So if your governor or your mayor isn’t doing the policies that we know are critical — masking, physical distancing, avoiding bars, avoiding crowded indoor areas — if those restrictions don’t exist in your state, you need to take it upon yourself to be restricted. You need to not go to these places. You need to protect your family now.”
You can watch the full interview below.