Delaware residents: President-elect Joe Biden, Dr. Jill Biden, Maisy Biden, Finnegan Biden, Hunter Biden, Natalie Biden;
Pennsylvania residents – Ashley Biden, and Dr. Howard Krein.
[Some of the Bidens may also reside in Virginia, Washington, DC, or elsewhere]
What Joe Biden Said (two days later, Nov 9, 2020) –
“It doesn’t matter who you voted for, where you stood before Election Day. It doesn’t matter your party or your point of view. We can save tens of thousands of lives if everyone would just wear a mask for the next few month.”
“Please, I implore you, wear a mask. Do it for yourself. Do it for your neighbor. A mask is not a political statement, but it is a good way to start pulling the country together.”
“I want to be very clear: The goal of mask-wearing is not to make your life less comfortable, or to take something away from you. It is to give something back to all of us, a normal life.”
CDC guidance on home gatherings (Oct. 29, 2020)
“When guests arrive, minimize gestures that promote close contact.”
“Wear masks when less than 6 feet apart from people or indoors.”
“Consider providing masks for guests or asking them to bring their own.”
15 Texas relatives sick with COVID-19 after party ‘feel guilty’
Nov 23, 2020
ASSOCIATED PRESS, ARLINGTON, Texas — Arlington is using one family’s brush with the coronavirus as a warning to others who might be considering big get-togethers this Thanksgiving.
Alexa Aragonez told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that her family weighed the risks of catching the virus but decided to get together for a birthday party on Nov. 1.
A couple of days after the party, her 57-year-old mother, Enriqueta Aragonez, and others who were at the party began to feel sick. They got tested, and all 12 who had attended were positive for COVID-19.
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Three other people with whom they had come in contact with also tested positive, said Alexa Aragonez, 26, who didn’t attend the party.
Arlington is using the family’s experience as part of a public awareness campaign to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus this holiday season by staying home.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is also warning people to not spend Thanksgiving with people from outside of their households and to not travel for the holiday.
Statewide, the Texas health department on Sunday reported 8,554 new virus cases, more than 4,000 less than the state’s one-day high of 12,597 new virus cases a day earlier. The state on Sunday also reported 8,174 virus hospitalizations and 89 new deaths.
In a video that’s part of the campaign in Arlington, Enriqueta Aragonez is in her hospital and says, “I went to my nephew’s house and love seeing my family. But now I’m fighting against COVID-19.”
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She is now recovering at home, and although she doesn’t need supplemental oxygen, she still has pain in her lungs, Alexa Aragonez said. Most of the others who caught the virus at the party had milder symptoms, she said.
“We feel guilty for gathering,” Alexa’s sister admitted in the video for the campaign.
In the end, “not everyone is as lucky as my family has been,” Alexa told the Star-Telegram. She said she doesn’t want anyone to needlessly lose a family member.
“We were scared that my mother, the matriarch of the family, was going to pass,” she said. “So I think that fear in our hearts made us want to put an awareness in the hearts of others.”
She’s 13, and the Source of a Family’s Covid-19 Outbreak
Oct. 6, 2020
New York Times – Scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the health departments of four states — Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts and Rhode Island — described a 13-year-old girl who became infected with the coronavirus just before a three-week family gathering.
Eleven other relatives, including her mother, her father, two brothers and two grandparents, also became infected.
“This outbreak highlights several important issues,” wrote the authors, led by Dr. Noah G. Schwartz of the C.D.C., in the article, which was published on Monday. “First, children and adolescents can serve as the source for Covid-19 outbreaks within families, even when their symptoms are mild.”
In the new case report, the girl was exposed to the coronavirus away from home in June, the authors reported. However, four days after the exposure, a rapid antigen test reported a negative result. Antigen tests for the coronavirus, however, often produce erroneous results. Two days later, she experienced nasal congestion, her only Covid-19 symptom.
The same day, she, her parents and two brothers traveled to a get-together of 20 relatives over the next three and a half weeks. Fourteen of them stayed in the five-bedroom, two-bathroom house at varying lengths of time ranging from 8 to 25 days; they did not wear face masks or stay at least six feet apart from each other.
Six other relatives came by during two days — once for 10 hours, the other time for three hours — but maintained physical distance and remained outdoors, although they too did not wear face masks.
Of the 14 staying at the house, 12 of them, including the girl, came down with Covid-19, with the onset of symptoms appearing up to 18 days after the start of the gathering. Their ages ranged from 9 to 72 … Read more.
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