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Medical Professionals: Start thinking about safety of Thanksgiving plans

Posted at 11:36 PM, Oct 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-28 23:36:14-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — COVID-19 has thrown a wrench in most 2020 plans. Thanksgiving might be next.

“I am very concerned about the upcoming months,” said Dr. Thomas Russo, the Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo.

Medical professionals are asking the public to start thinking about their Thanksgiving plans.

"Each family needs to think seriously about that and make a decision based on the level of risk that they want to put themselves through,” added Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

“Obviously, when you eating and drinking, you'll be unable to wear a mask and we all know that's the setting where getting infected with Covid is greatest,” said Dr. Russo.

Dr. Russo made some recommendations to consider before celebrating with family from out of town, or out of state. Self-quarantine before meeting up for the holiday and get tested a couple of days before, so you know for sure if you are carrying the virus.

Governor Cuomo says he can't stop families from seeing each other. He is asking people to be smart.

“This Thanksgiving, the best way to say I'm thankful for you is this, I love you so much, I'm so thankful for you, that I don't want to endanger you,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo.