America's top infectious disease specialist stresses that extended families should not be together this season, this includes parents seeing their children and grandkids.
"I'm going to be with my wife — period,” Dr. Fauci told The Washington Post. “The Christmas holiday is a special holiday for us because Christmas Eve is my birthday. And Christmas Day is Christmas Day. And they are not going to come home … That's painful. We don't like that. But that's just one of the things you're going to have to accept as we go through this unprecedented challenging time.”
He implores all Americans to rethink how they plan to celebrate and stresses, "Stay at home as much as you can, keep your interactions to the extent possible to members of the same household," he said and added, "This cannot be business as usual this Christmas because we're already in a very difficult situation, and we're going to make it worse if we don't do something about it."
These warnings might seem extreme and stressful, but the country is experiencing record-breaking COVID cases day after day, and gathering for Christmas will likely cause the number of cases to continue to rise.
But, Dr. Fauci believes as the vaccine is distributed our way of life -- including celebrating the holidays -- will return to normal. He adds, "It is highly likely that with vaccines being distributed, that we will be back to normal by next Christmas. So make the choice and keep yourself and your family healthy so that you'll have many more Christmases ahead of you."
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The Doctors hope everyone stays safe this season!