Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2020-12-30 23:59:42 –
(NEXSTAR) – As the number of COVID-19 continues to skyrocket across the United States, authorities are urging people to stay home or virtually celebrate New Year’s Eve this year.
“The safest way to celebrate the New Year is to celebrate at home with the people who live with you, or virtually with friends and family,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement.
When celebrating with someone outside the family, the CDC recommends standard procedures to keep you safe.
- Please wear a mask
- At least 6 feet away
- Avoid poorly ventilated indoor spaces and crowds
- wash hands
- Stay home if sick
- Get a flu shot
The CDC has suggested alternative holidays, such as planning a family party, planning a late-night countdown in the neighborhood, watching live streaming fireworks, concerts, and other shows from home.
Officials have warned that New Year’s Eve celebrations could cause disasters in already flooded ICUs and hospitals.
“We have a big problem,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, told The Washington Post. “Look at the numbers — the numbers are really dramatic.”
Dr. Lee Harrison, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh, called the situation “extremely difficult.”
“People aren’t just paying attention to public health guidelines, and the evidence is in the number of people traveling on Christmas holidays,” he said.
In California, where more than two million COVID-19 cases were hit on Christmas Eve, Dr. Grant Colfax, director of the San Francisco Public Health Service, said New Year’s Eve celebrations could be “catastrophic.” I warned.
“If it surges like Thanksgiving, the hospital will be hospitalized with thousands more and hundreds will die,” he said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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