The small gatherings are attributed to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases across the country, as hospitalizations for the virus continue to rise.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that the recent small gatherings have become a growing source of the spread of COVID-19, as some people have become restless and anxious after months of relative isolation and social distance from relatives and friends. .
According to officials, in the past 7 days, an average of about 52,000 new COVID-19 cases have been reported every day, and more than half of the states in the country have shown a positive infection rate of more than 5% when tested for the virus.
The Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, said: “In public squares, we have seen many jurisdictions adopt greater vigilance and mitigation measures.
“However, the growing threat we are seeing is actually infections acquired through small family gatherings.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that as the holiday season quickly approaches, the public has a responsibility to stay vigilant and continue to flatten the COVID-19 curve.
Redfield added: “Especially as Thanksgiving is approaching, we think it is very important to emphasize the vigilance of these continuous mitigation measures in the family environment,” without specifying how many people need to hold “small gatherings.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued guidelines to help people stay safe while socializing during holidays. The guidelines apply to any kind of temporary gatherings at any time of the year.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), virtual celebrations with others or celebrations with one’s own family members have little risk of transmission, while face-to-face gatherings bring varying degrees of risk.
Health officials have advised event organizers and participants to consider the risk of virus transmission based on the scale of the event and the use of mitigation strategies.
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