The unholy association of wedding receptions and coronavirus has public health officers begging Americans to say “I do not” for pandemic weddings.
Between the Pacific Northwest and Maine forests across the country, happy expressions of love have become Covid-19 superspreaders nourishing the deadly coronavirus spike of the fall season.
“Weddings are so dangerous today and in time, honestly, you’re just asking for trouble,” said Ali H. Mokdad, Strategic Strategy Officer for Population Health at the University of Washington.
“This is the perfect example of what we do not want to see,”
While restaurants across America are open with limited indoor dining, weddings pose a specific risk because guests mingle with their other festive ones – unlike a typical restaurant where customers only interact within their own small party.
“Weddings are very dangerous at this time, especially as the infection rate is higher and the weddings are now happening indoors and not outdoors,” Mokdad told NBC News.
“And you hug your friend, you hug your family members, you do. In many cultures, we kiss. We kiss each other. You get close to them, especially people you haven’t seen in a long time. You want to catch up. You laugh. , you laugh and yes, you spread the virus more than ever. “
The threat of pandemic weddings is only made possible by basic human psychology – the belief that contact with loved ones cannot possibly be harmful.
“Many people do not believe that you can actually capture it from your family and friends, they feel safe when they are around people they know,” Potts said. “And I think that’s why this that kind of event happens, people just feel safe, and they go to the event, and it just spreads so fast. “
The false sense of security in the close-knit communities near Ritzville, about an hour away from Spokane, opened the door to a wedding that is now the source of at least eight Covid-19 cases in Adams County and another 40-plus in nearby Grant County officials said.
“Especially in rural areas, people are thinking, ‘Who knows?’ “And they will not be caught. And if people had not started getting sick, they probably would not have,” Potts told NBC Now. “The consequences are enormous.”
The threat of staging a super-spreading event has not deterred any couple from moving on with their big day this fall.
Lucas and Kathryn Young caught up in September in Mercer, Pennsylvania, with guests wearing color-coded wristbands that showed how comfortable they were with socializing.
“It was easy to tell who would be comfortable with you coming to them and who was like, ‘Oh, I’m more hesitant about that,'” Kathryn Young said.
Michael Masi, a wedding planner in Miami, still continues with ceremonies for clients and insists that they follow local and state guidelines and dong what is “responsible and safe.”
He and his wife Jessica Masi, who jointly run Masi Events, said they encourage lovebirds to hold dramatically smaller ceremonies now and then blow out bashes later when the pandemic is finally under wraps.
“And what we find interesting is that many of them have chosen to continue with their original wedding day,” said Michael Masi.
“But they’ve done it responsibly and moved to a ‘micro wedding’ now with 16, 20 or less of their most intimate friends and family, and then they still have their big party next year where they can celebrate with everyone else. their one year anniversary. “
But even gatherings just above Masi’s “micro-wedding” standard have proved disastrous.
The Maine wedding with the super-spreader had only 55 guests, yet became so infamous that it warranted a report to the federal Centers for Disease Control and could lead to a stream of lawsuits.
Dear of Mary Hughgill, an 82-year-old who died in a nursing home from a Covid-19 infection traced to this wedding, has already hired a lawyer who has filed a possible civil lawsuit against the elderly care facility.
“For several months now, you could not turn on the TV, read a newspaper, or scroll through social media without hearing about these security measures,” said property attorney Timothy Kenlan. “Sometimes individuals and companies make bad decisions.”
It is believed that Hughgill was infected by an employee at her Maplecrest Rehabilitation and Living Center in Madison after the worker came in contact with a wedding guest.
“These were people (wedding planners and guests) who did not take it seriously in the midst of a pandemic,” Kenlan said. “It’s a relatively small subset, a small subset of people who don’t take it as seriously as they should, and that led to tragic results.”
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