The coronavirus pandemic is worsening in the United States.
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In order to avoid further cases of coronavirus, three national associations of medical personnel and hospitals call in an open letter to the American people to avoid meetings on Thanksgiving Day.
Nursing groups, doctors and hospital staff point out that Americans should prioritize the use of masks, social distance and constant hand washing during this celebration.
“We strongly urge everyone across our country to celebrate responsibly, in a reduced way, to limit the spread of the virus, help reduce the risk of infecting friends, family, and others they love.”, expressed the experts.
The call arises as the country exceeds 250,000 deaths from COVID-19. That record was reached in 10 months, representing the same number of deaths from cardiac arrests, suicides and car accidents in a full year.
Communities of color, including Latinos, have been the most affected by contagions and economic effects, which is why the call makes a special echo in this social group.
“In the strongest possible terms, we urge you to celebrate responsibly. We are all tired and we empathize with the desire to celebrate the holidays with family and friends, but given the serious risks, we emphasize how important it is to wear masks, maintain physical distance and wash your hands “, indicates the letter. ” Following these science-based common sense measures is the best way to prevent our health care systems and professionals from being overwhelmed by critically ill patients. “
The medical staff of the American Hospitals, American Medical and American Nurses Associations recognize that Americans are looking to celebrate Thanksgiving and that the end-of-the-year festivities are near, but also that there are risks of increased fatalities and hospitalizations, especially during celebrations of any kind.
“Throughout the pandemic, the spread of COVID-19 has followed a similar pattern on holidays and mass gatherings”they warn. “Positive cases increased after Memorial Day, after July 4, after Labor Day and now, two weeks after Halloween.”
They add that the current increase has caused more hospitalizations, by 50% according to data from The Associated Press.
“It has already overloaded healthcare systems in some areas and will ultimately consume the capacity of our healthcare system and may reduce the availability of care in many places in our country,” experts warn.
They insist that, in addition to protecting their loved ones, Americans must help care for medical personnel dealing with the pandemic.
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