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Fauci urges Americans to conduct ‘risk-benefit assessment’ before holiday travel

Top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci urged Americans on Sunday to conduct a “risk-benefit assessment” before traveling for the holidays as Thanksgiving approaches this week.

Anthony S. Fauci wearing a suit and tie: Fauci urges Americans to conduct 'risk-benefit assessment' before holiday travel

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Fauci urges Americans to conduct ‘risk-benefit assessment’ before holiday travel

Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), told NBC News’ “Meet the Press” that families need to consider the risks of gathering indoors. He said families especially need to take into account if their gatherings plan to include those who are elderly or have underlying conditions affecting their immune system.


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“I think the people in this country need to realistically do a risk-benefit assessment,” he said. “Every family is different. Everyone has a different level of risk that they want to tolerate.”

The NIAID director acknowledged that holiday gatherings “have been such joyous things in the past,” but added “this is a very special situation.”

“So you don’t want to call it all off, but you want to say at least give you and your family the benefit of having considered what is the risk-benefit of doing that as opposed to constraining what you do to the very core people who live in your home,” he said. “You just need to consider it and make your own decision.”

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Fauci emphasized that the almost exponentially rising numbers in the country “doesn’t necessarily” have to continue.

“We’re not going to completely eliminate it and turn it around rapidly and dramatically, but we can prevent it from increasing,” he said.

“We should not accept that we can’t do anything about that,” the public health expert added. “Putting vaccines aside for a moment, which will be extraordinarily helpful, if we implement the simple public health measures that I was mentioning to you, we can blunt that inflection. It doesn’t have to be as high up.”

The U.S. reached the milestone of 250,000 COVID-19 deaths last week, since the beginning of the pandemic this spring. The country documented single-day records for hospitalizations on Saturday with 83,227 currently hospitalized, according to the COVID Tracking Project.

On Friday, the U.S. confirmed a record-number of COVID-19 cases in a single day at 192,805 new cases.

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended against traveling for Thanksgiving amid the ongoing surge in cases.

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Lynchburg Parks and Recreation kicks off citywide needs assessment to determine the future of city parks | Govt. and Politics

Miles wants to see Lynchburg parks continue to grow, and the needs assessment and subsequent master plan would be an opportunity for that growth.

“You need progress,” he said, and added that already, the city parks are a major draw for people visiting Lynchburg.

Carla Heath moved to Lynchburg in 1986, and has been using the trails for as long as she’s been here. Now, she lives in a home that backs a city bike trail, and said every day she goes out to walk and exercise, and found a haven there during the shut down when it felt as though the rest of the world was closed for business.

She said she’s excited to participate in the upcoming needs assessment, and intends to involve as many of her colleagues in the process as she can. Heath is president of the League of Women Voters of Lynchburg, and hopes the assessment will help to fill in the “park deserts” around the city, and reconstruct bridges and trails destroyed in the 2018 flooding.

“It’s important in my life,” Heath said of the parks. “It is a source of exercise and a time to feel quiet and good about the world.”

Jones hopes this needs assessment will be a time for “big ideas,” with a goal of revamping and streamlining the five and 10 year capital improvement program to reflect needs and wants in the community.

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