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What 635 epidemiologists do for Thanksgiving

“Each individual must do his or her contribution to the well-being and public health of our family, neighbors, strangers and, most importantly, health workers and first responders who continue to have to care for the public,” said Anna Gorczyca, an assistant research professor at Medical Center of the University of Kansas.

Some focus on the fact that it is a short-term sacrifice, as recent news of high-potency vaccines suggests it is safe to collect the next holiday season, if not sooner.

Mollie Wood, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Cincinnati, considered driving nine hours to see her mother, but decided to wait.

“I miss her so much, but I just couldn’t convince myself that there was a safe way to go,” she said. “So we’re going to have a video chat on vacation this year and we’re planning a big party next year.”

“I would like to see my family. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It’s my birthday and my father’s too. But I also really want to have many future Thanksgiving parties with my family and birthdays with my father. I assume that others would appreciate that too. We have absolutely no holiday celebrations with people outside of our household this year. “

Rachel Widome, Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota

“We were going to celebrate with my parents as usual, but my mother called last night and said that because Dr. Fauci was canceling Thanksgiving dinner with his daughters, she canceled our dinner.”

Linda Kahn, postdoctoral fellow, NYU

“Thanksgiving has the strong potential to be the start of a bleak period around Covid-19 like we haven’t seen before, and we’ve seen some really grim times already. I fear the repercussions of decisions that the entire population makes around Thanksgiving. “

Sarah Cohen, Senior Epidemiologist at EpidStrategies

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