CDC says small household gatherings are driving up COVID-19 cases

CDC says small household gatherings are driving up COVID-19 cases

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. is seeing a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said small household gatherings are helping drive it.

Across the country, we’re averaging more than 50,000 new cases of COVID-19 each day for the first time in two months.

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There are masks, distancing and other regulations in many public places, but the director of the CDC said we’re spreading the virus at small family gatherings.

He said we’ve got to be vigilant over Thanksgiving.

“And particularly with Thanksgiving coming up, we think it’s really important to stress the vigilance of these continued mitigation steps in the household setting,” said Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the CDC.

Health officials have warned the spike in cases probably will get worse as cold weather sends people to socialize indoors.

Some officials are urging people to consider having an outdoor Thanksgiving lunch or dinner.

A global health research center at the University of Washington predicts more than 135,000 Americans could die within the next three months if the behavior of Americans doesn’t change.

A coronavirus prediction model says US could see 395,000 deaths by Feb. 1