Top infectious disease expert Anthony FauciAnthony FauciSunday shows preview: Biden transition, COVID-19 spike in spotlight Pressure rises for rapid COVID-19 testing White House largely silent on health precautions for Thanksgiving MORE urged Americans on Sunday to conduct a “risk-benefit assessment” before traveling for the holidays as Thanksgiving approaches this week.
Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), told NBC News’ “Meet the Press” that families need to consider the risks of gathering indoors. He said families especially need to take into account if their gatherings plan to include those who are elderly or have underlying conditions affecting their immune system.
“I think the people in this country need to realistically do a risk-benefit assessment,” he said. “Every family is different. Everyone has a different level of risk that they want to tolerate.”
The NIAID director acknowledged that holiday gatherings “have been such joyous