Evidence of an epidemic has been seen in many parts of the country this year – including at funerals, weddings and even small to medium encounters with friends.
Now, as Thanksgiving approaches so quickly, health professionals are concerned that holiday gatherings – even if they are not large – can result in widespread outbreaks across the country.
A ‘domino effect’
Even close gatherings can have consequences.
In November, the election night party, attended by at least six people, created a small outbreak in Fresno, California.
Serop Torossian, Kaiser Permanente’s government manager, hosted a banquet at his home with guests in attendance, including Fresno Mayor-elect Jerry Dyer, Fresno County Supervisor Steve Brandau and businessman Darium Assemi.
Brandau admits he is experiencing symptoms at the party. You have not responded to CNN’s call for comment.
It was not immediately clear if anyone else was infected, but Brandau said “six or seven” people tested positive and public contractors estimated that he had contracted the virus to about 45 people, including some in his county office.
“The worst part of my decision-making process is that I still go to dinner parties,” Brandau said on Facebook. “I’m not very careful.”
The wedding, held in August, was attended by at least 55 people. The guests sat close to each other, did not make masks, and were not far from society. Thirty people who attended the event later tested positive for Covid-19.
That reception split the Covid-19 outbreak into three, leaving 178 infected, three in a hospital and seven dead, state health investigators said. No one was sick or died at the wedding, and many lived far away.
Robert Long, director of communications for the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said: “This report presents a cautionary tale for people as they consider how to celebrate the holiday season.”
Chris Cohilas, chairman of the Dougherty City Commission, where Albany is located, said: “It’s a crazy thing.” It pulled us into our most vulnerable group. “
More than 100 people attended the funeral of Andrew J. Mitchell in February in Albany. The next day more people gathered for the funeral of another man.
Both funerals quickly sparked an outbreak, prompting many authorities and residents to return. Dougherty, which includes Albany and has a population of 85,000, has become the second-highest confirmed case of dengue fever in Fulton County, which includes Atlanta and has a population of about 1 million.
“So many people get sick,” Alice Bell, whose mother lives with Mitchell, told CNN. “It’s a real domino effect. It’s really bad.”
Cohilas said that while the disease is spreading, it is becoming more and more commonplace.
“We have to order mobile storage because we have so many casualties to replace those who are dying,” he told CNN.
“I see as someone I know who interacts with people who are exposed, some are alive and some are not. It’s like watching a snowboard fall and the hills get bigger and bigger and there’s no way you can stop it.
Progress finally slowed around May. The county has also become the most prevalent per capita, Cohilas said.
The commission urges people across the United States to pay attention to the way they behave during this holiday gathering. He says hand washing, social isolation and wearing a mask can save your life.
Thanksgiving in Canada is a fairy tale
Dr Bonnie Henry, chief of the Columbia Health Department in the United Kingdom, said she had pleaded with people to keep their gatherings small. She also announced a ban on inviting more than six people into the house.
“Unfortunately, there have been a number of incidents that have led to significant increases,” she said earlier this month.
Thanksgiving is upon us, which means the holiday season is in full swing. Ten Covid-19 cases, including three children, have been reported, according to the York Region Health Department, the Department of Public Health in Toronto.
The virus has also spread to another family, infecting four people and infecting the workplace where two others are infected.
Cases like that and others have helped fuel the occurrence of cases.
“I think we need to consider all the upcoming celebrations, be it Diwali, or Hanukkah, or Christmas, and see how we can gather and focus on the families around us and make sure we can communicate with each other safely,” Henry said.
CNN’s Isaac Engelberg, Nicole Chavez, Angela Barajas, Dianne Gallagher, Andrea Kane, Paula Newton and Virginia Langmaid contributed to the report.