- Fifteen family members in Arlington, Texas said they tested positive for coronavirus after a small birthday gathering, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram and WFFA reported.
- The relatives urged the public not to “be like my family and ignore the CDC guidelines” in a video posted to the City of Arlington’s Twitter account.
- The family warning comes ahead of Thanksgiving Holiday, which is typically a time for families to gather. TThe CDC recommends against travel during the US holidays in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Over a dozen members of a family in Arlington, Texas said they tested positive for coronavirus after a small gathering for a birthday party, according to The Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Alexa Aragonez told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that a dozen of her family members were gathered for a small indoor birthday party in early November. She herself did not attend the party, but said the family met to celebrate a relative̵
After the gathering, a few members felt “bad” and all family members decided to be tested for coronavirus, Aragonez told WFFA. Fifteen family members – all 12 at the party and three more – tested positive for coronavirus, The Star-Telegram reported. Aragonez’s mother was the only member admitted, the WFFA reported.
“We took every precaution except collection,” Aragonez told the WFFA. “We want to share the message that you are not immune. Your family is not immune. But by staying home, you can prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
The Aragonez family members shared a video through the City of Arlington’s Twitter account, asking the public to be safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Please do not be like my family and ignore the CDC guidelines,” Aragonez said.
The message came as several states tightened restrictions on travel and gatherings before the U.S. holiday season, and the United States is experiencing a record-breaking wave of coronavirus infections. According to a recent national survey, nearly 40% of Americans plan to host Thanksgiving gatherings with at least 10 people.
Both the top American expert in infectious diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci – whose own children will not visit him for Thanksgiving to protect the septuagenarian from the virus – and CDC director Robert Redfield have warned that small indoor collections are driving an uptick in COVID-19 cases across the country. The CDC recommends that people host outdoor gatherings if possible.
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In particular, over 50% of coronavirus transmission comes from those who are asymptomatic, according to the CDC. Fauci warned that “innocent events such as groups of friends and family meeting indoors due to the cold weather for dinner will be a major source of asymptomatic spread,” as Business Insiders Morgan McFall-Johnsen previously reported.
“These innocent family and friend gatherings: six, eight, ten people come together in other people’s homes, you get someone who is asymptomatic and infected, and then suddenly four or five people in this gathering are infected,” Fauci said last month. “That’s the exact scenario you’ll see in Thanksgiving.”
“The tragedy that could happen is that one of your family members, from coming together in this family reunion, could actually end up being hospitalized and seriously ill and die,” the CDC’s coronavirus incident leader said last week, reporting Business Insiders Hillary Brueck formerly.
As the White House task force coronavirus showed last week, coronavirus outbreaks are spreading across the country, with the United States passing a total of 12 million confirmed coronavirus cases, according to Johns Hopkins University.
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