Fauci urged people to spend time with their families and enjoy a “nice, regular Christmas.
On Monday, Dr. Anthony Fauci sought to explain comments he made over the weekend, saying it was “too soon” for families to consider getting together in person to celebrate Christmas.
Fauci stated on CNN that his statements on CBS’s “Face the Nation” were “totally taken out of context,” and that he never meant to imply that people couldn’t spend Christmas with their family.
When CBS anchor Margaret Brennan questioned if people may assemble, Fauci said, “It’s simply too soon to know.” “We need to keep focusing on lowering those numbers rather than trying to predict what we’ll do in weeks or months.”
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Fauci, who has been widely chastised for his comments, told CNN’s Kate Bolduan that people, particularly those who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, should plan a “nice, regular Christmas” with their family.
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“Over the weekend, I also stated something that was utterly misconstrued. I was asked what we could expect this winter, namely for December and Christmas “According to Fauci. “We don’t know,” I explained, “because we’ve seen slopes that went down and then back up.”
He claimed that the greatest approach to protect the country’s health heading into the winter was for more people to get vaccinated, and that it was “absolutely not the true” that people would be unable to spend Christmas with their family.
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“Christmas will be spent with my family. I advise everyone, especially those who have been vaccinated and are so protected, to enjoy a happy, normal Christmas with their families “According to Fauci. “Because of how other misinformation spreads, if you say something about a historical event, it’s misunderstood as if you’re saying you can’t spend Christmas with your family, which is nonsense. You certainly can.”
While in the midst of a pandemic, Bolduan attempted to clarify that Fauci meant it’s difficult to estimate the status of things two months out from any given date.
“That was my entire point in response to the inquiry, Kate. That’s exactly what you said. I was asked to forecast how the pandemic would progress by the end of December. And my response was, “Well, that’s entirely up to us.” “According to Fauci.
“It’s tough to anticipate, but one thing we can do is ensure that there are fewer and fewer cases, and that the declining slope that’s going down continues to go down,” he added. “The way we can accomplish that is by having more and more people vaccinated.” “That was the point I was trying to make. Not that you won’t be able to spend Christmas with your loved ones. I’m sure I am. That is undeniable.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its advice on Monday, advising that the safest way to celebrate the upcoming holidays with friends and family is either digitally or outside.
“Attending groups to commemorate events and holidays raises your chance of contracting COVID-19 and spreading it,” it stated. “Virtually, with individuals you live with, or outside and at least six feet apart from others, is the safest way to celebrate.”