What should we do for the upcoming holidays
The current surge in COVID-19 infection in the country is being blamed at least in part on small family gatherings that were thought to be initially safe but now known to generate clusters of COVID-19 infection in the community.
More attention had been paid to large community spread, in which steps are taken to mitigate the spread, but small gatherings had not been concerning until a recent trend showed it was a contributing factor. Of course, the protests and presidential rallies are also contributing to the surge.
According to Johns Hopkins University data, the country now averages more than 49,000 new infections daily, an increase of 13% from the previous week.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just reported 7.8 million new cases of COVID 19, an increase of 47,459 from its previous count, and an increase in the number of deaths by 748 to 215,194.
These reports show that cases are increasing, and we are obviously not doing enough to curb the spread.
Some cases that have been reported in small groups
In July, a 100-guest wedding ceremony in San Francisco resulted in 10 people contracting the virus, including the bride and groom.
Seven family members who went out for a Fathers’ Day meal at a Houston restaurant developed COVID-19. One of the family members was lost to the virus.
Alabama physicians who held a gathering with close family members in July without facemasks at a lake ended up with eight out of the 11 people at the gathering testing positive for the virus.
A popular socialite on Instagram from Washinton hosted a backyard dinner in June for two dozen friends; she ended up with covid19. Some of her friends also got infected.
37 people tested positive at a sweet sixteen party on Long Island held at the Miller Place Inn, and 270 people were instructed to self-quarantine. The inn was fined $10,000 for COVID restriction violation.