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Dr. Wen: ‘Anyone Who Hasn’t Already Canceled Their Christmas and NYE Plans Should Cancel Them’

‘I hope that people realize that hospitals are the last line of defense’
By Grabien Staff


WEN: “The incubation period for Covid-19 is about — is up to 14 days. The average is about 5 to 7 days. And so what that means is, we had Thanksgiving and people returning from Thanksgiving about a week ago. So this week, we’re going to see the impact of that Thanksgiving surge. And I’m afraid that all of those numbers that you just presented, Erica, they’re going to go up. We’re going to see increases of hospitalizations and hospitals are already on the brink. So where is the reserve capacity? Where are patients going to be going at this point? I’m also deeply concerned about deaths going up. At some point, we’re going to be surpassing 3,000 deaths per day, maybe even 4,000 deaths per day. Our surge right now is intensifying. It is amplifying. And I hope that people realize that hospitals are the last line of defense. The first line of defense is the community. And we really need everyone to do their part to flatten the curve. And that means, of course, wearing a mask, keeping physical distancing, but also so critically at this point, avoiding indoor gatherings. Anyone who has not canceled their plans yet for Christmas and the new year should cancel their travel plans and absolutely not gather indoors with anyone who is not in their immediate family.”

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