Fauci Just Changed The Rules For Holiday Gathering Restrictions… Again
Monday, Dr. Anthony Fauci told Americans they could revel in a “good, normal Christmas” however, just one day prior he’d said family gatherings might need to be canceled for the holidays due to COVID-19 infections.
Fauci appeared on CBS News Sunday and said that he believed it was “too soon to tell” whether family Christmas gatherings should be encouraged considering the increase in coronavirus infections. Fauci now claims that his comments were misinterpreted, and he would actually encourage Americans to enjoy normal Christmas gatherings.
“The best way to assure that we’ll be in good shape as we get into the winter would be to get more and more people vaccinated,” Fauci said Monday on CNN. “That was misinterpreted as my saying we can’t spend Christmas with our families, which was absolutely not the case. I will be spending Christmas with my family, I encourage people, particularly the vaccinated people who are protected, to have a good, normal Christmas with your family.”
Fauci had unquestionably told CBS News Anchor Margaret Brennan on Sunday that it was too soon to say whether normal Christmas gatherings should be considered.
“But we can gather for Christmas, or it’s just too soon to tell?” Brennan asked Fauci during the Sunday interview.
“You know, Margaret, it’s just too soon to tell,” Fauci responded. “We’ve just got to concentrate on continuing to get those numbers down and not try to jump ahead by weeks or months and say what we’re going to do at a particular time. Let’s focus like a laser on continuing to get those cases down.”
Fauci’s statements come as there is a resurgence in the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently in the U.S. there are more than 100,000 new COVID-19 cases daily with more daily COVID deaths in September than the same time last year.
Deaths seem to have peaked in late September with daily deaths decreasing from a six-month high of 2,087 on September 20 to 1,878 on October 3, according to statistics compiled by The New York Times.