How to avoid being a superspreader during the holidays
Celebrating the holidays with loved ones can be stressful. Whether it's negotiating a political minefield over Thanksgiving dinner, finding a perfect gift for the person who has everything, or coping with the perils of precarious winter travel, there's always something worthy of worry.
But this year, navigating the on-going health crisis adds a new layer of stress. "Cases [of COVID-19] are up in 41 states, and 17 states are reporting unprecedented surges," reports Dr. Syra Madad, an infectious disease epidemiologist in New York City and Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center.
Madad, who appears in the recent Netflix docuseries "Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak," says the recent spike in new infections, along with the impact on hospitalizations, "paints a grim picture." Virus cases in the US are climbing toward a third peak, "and it's only going to increase from there."