White House coronavirus expert and the nation’s leading infectious disease specialist Dr. Anthony Fauci shared that his kids would not be coming home for Thanksgiving due to fear of spreading the coronavirus.

Source: CBS Evening News/Youtube

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health experts are warning Americans of the risks associated with traveling for holidays. Traveling to visit people you don’t live with comes with the risk of spreading the coronavirus.

Fauci spoke to CBS News about his own plans for the holiday, setting an example for the rest of us. Fauci is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

“My Thanksgiving is going to look very different this year,” he said in an interview with CBS News. “I would love to have it with my children, but my children are in three separate states throughout the country and in order for them to get here, they would all have to go to an airport, get on a plane and travel with public transportation.“ They themselves, because of their concern for me and my age, have decided they’re not going to come home for Thanksgiving, even though all three of them want very much to come home for Thanksgiving,” shared Fauci.

The CDC recommends hosting dinner with only people that live in your household for Thanksgiving. “Given the fluid and dynamic nature of what’s going on right now in the spread and the uptick of infections, I think people should be very careful and prudent about social gatherings,” Fauci said. “You may have to bite the bullet and sacrifice that social gathering.”

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