Birx: Americans Who Gathered For Thanksgiving Should ‘Assume You’re Infected’

White House Coronavirus Task Force Coordinator Dr Deborah Birx speaks on November 19 at a White House press briefing.

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“You have to assume that you are infected. ”

This is Dr Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, speaking on Sunday about people who traveled for Thanksgiving and spent the holidays with large numbers of people.

“We know people may have made mistakes over the Thanksgiving season,” she told CBS News “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “If you’re young and you come together, you should be tested about five to ten days later. But you should assume that you are infected and not go near your grandparents and aunts and the like without a mask. ”

“And if you’re over 65 or have comorbidities and got together on Thanksgiving, if you develop symptoms, you need to be tested immediately,” she added.

Birx said she was “deeply concerned” about the likelihood of a post-Thanksgiving increase, which could add to an already alarming increase nationwide. Over the long holiday weekend, the United States has a new record of hospitalizations linked to COVID-19, with more than 90,000. The United States leads the world with more than 13.3 million cases and nearly 267,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins Universityy.

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Birx said it is up to every American to protect themselves and others, even if there are no mitigation measures from local government.

“For every American, this is the time to protect yourself and your family,” she said. “So if your governor or mayor doesn’t enforce the policies we know are essential – masking, physical distancing, avoiding bars, avoiding crowded indoor areas – if those restrictions don’t exist in your state, you have to. to occupy. you be restricted. You don’t have to go to these places. You need to protect your family now.

Birx said she hopes to have her first briefing with the new Biden administration on Monday.