The director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, testifies before the House Committee on Energy and Trade about the Trump administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on June 23, 2020.
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White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Wednesday his children would not be coming home for Thanksgiving this year because they feared the possible spread of the coronavirus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have warned of the risks associated with Thanksgiving celebrations this year, especially when people travel to families they do not live with.
"My Thanksgiving Day will be very different this year," he said in an interview with CBS News. "I'd love to be with my kids, but my kids are in three different states across the country and to get here they'd all have to go to an airport, get on a plane, and use public transportation."
"You yourself have decided, because of your concern for me and my age, that you will not be coming home for Thanksgiving, even though all three are eager to come home for Thanksgiving," said Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases .
He added that everyone will have to make their own decisions about holiday gatherings this year based on the health risks of those in the household or at the gathering, the precautions people took at the gathering, and the level of those required by attendees To travel.
The CDC said the lowest risk Thanksgiving celebration was a small dinner only with people who live in the household. An outdoor dinner with family and friends in the community would be moderately risky, and a large indoor gathering with people from outside the household would be "a higher risk".
"Given the fluid and dynamic nature of the current spread and surge in infections, I think people should be very cautious and circumspect at social gatherings," Fauci said. "You may have to bite the bullet and sacrifice this social gathering."
Fauci has regularly expressed concern about the rising number of new coronavirus cases across the country. The U.S. reported more than 52,400 new cases Tuesday, bringing the seven-day average to more than 51,000 new cases per day, up more than 16% according to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University corresponds to a week ago. Average daily cases increased more than 5% in 40 states and the District of Columbia, according to CNBC's analysis.
Similarly, the number of people currently hospitalized with Covid-19 increased by at least 5% in 39 states. This emerges from an analysis of CNBC's data from the Covid Tracking Project, a voluntary action launched by journalists from The Atlantic magazine.
Fauci said Monday it was a "bad place" as the weather is getting colder and people spend more time indoors, where the virus is more likely to spread. He previously said that public health measures that reduce the spread of the virus can serve as a "gateway" to safely reopening society and enabling community events such as holiday gatherings.
Fauci told CNBC's Shepard Smith Monday that there are five basic public health protocols that "can certainly reverse the spikes we see and prevent new spikes from occurring". He said using a universal mask, maintaining physical distance, avoiding the crowds, doing more outdoors, and washing hands frequently would help stop the virus from spreading.
"I have great faith in the American people and their ability to see what lies ahead is a significant problem," said Fauci. "We're talking about using public health policies as a vehicle or gateway to keep the country open and keep the economy going. It's not an obstacle."