Thanksgiving vs. 'Pandemic Fatigue'
Experts warn against letting your guard down against COVID-19
If it’s not too chilly on Thanksgiving, Anthony S. Fauci and his wife, possibly joined by their isolating next-door neighbors, will bundle up in sweaters, turn on a recently bought portable outdoor heater and enjoy their holiday meal on their deck, the couples six feet apart and — when not eating — wearing masks. If it’s very cold, they will open their dining room windows, run their air purifier with the HEPA filter and eat inside, mindful that being outside and opening windows when indoors reduces the risk from airborne coronavirus.
“We tried the heater the other night when it was cool, and it was amazing,” says Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “If you wear a sweater or jacket, the heater works really well. We felt perfectly comfortable. We will try to do that on Thanksgiving.”
Scientists today know more about coronavirus transmission than they did at the outset of the pandemic, information that has eased the stress over certain activities, such as touching groceries, packages or mail, or going to the doctor. Nevertheless, this has been dragging on for nine months, and Americans, understandably, are weary, a feeling exacerbated by having to forgo traditional celebrations and holidays such as Thanksgiving.
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