CDC Director Says Small Household Gatherings Fueling COVID-19 Spread: Report

CDC Director Says Small Household Gatherings Fueling COVID-19 Spread: Report


The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says small gatherings — like the ones that will occur on Thanksgiving — could spike the spread of COVID-19.

“In the public square, we’re seeing a higher degree of vigilance and mitigation steps in many jurisdictions,” Director Dr. Robert Redfield said during a call with the nation’s governors on Tuesday, audio of which was obtained by CNN.

“But what we’re seeing as the increasing threat right now is actually acquisition of infection through small household gatherings,” Redfield said. “Particularly with Thanksgiving coming up, we think it’s really important to stress the vigilance of these continued mitigation steps in the household setting.”

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Redfield’s warning about holiday gathering was emphasized last week by White House Coronavirus Task Force Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx, who said the holidays will look different this year.

“We know most individuals under 35 will be asymptomatic,” she said during a visit to Plymouth State University in

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