Despite good news in the battle against COVID-19 with the vaccine rolling out and a new at-home test to detect the virus, first, the country must deal with a record number of COVID-related hospitalizations.
The COVID Tracking Project reported 110,549 people were hospitalized due to coronavirus on Monday. Health experts warn these numbers will likely lead to more people dying as we get closer to Christmas and the New Year.
Dr. Richard Besser, the former acting director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warns news of the vaccine should not change how we protect ourselves from exposure to the virus.
"This vaccine, as wonderful as it is, is not going to change the trajectory of what we experience this winter. It's not going to change what we need to do. It's not going to change the need for us all to wear masks, and social distance and wash our hands," he stressed.
The Doctors remind our viewers to carefully consider how they plan to spend the upcoming holidays and rethink gathering, traveling, and how you interact with people outside of your household. Find out what the experts believe is safe and what will put you at risk for contracting the virus.