When you live through a year as devastating and exhausting as 2020 has been, you start to look for something to pin the blame on.
It seems that as a whole, American pop culture has decided that the year itself is to blame. We can all agree that all of the terrible things we’ve endured during the rollercoaster that has been 2020 will magically end when this year is over and we can all get off the ride, as though the number itself is somehow cursed.
And, with Christmas coming just days before we can all kiss 2020 goodbye at the stroke of midnight, many of us were hoping to be “in the clear” to gather and celebrate the remainder of the holidays in peace.
Not if Dr. Anthony Fauci has any say in the matter.
The real-life Grinch appeared on MSNBC recently and was asked by Andrea Mitchell if people should cancel their travel plans for Christmas.
His response was not what we wanted to hear.
“I think they’re going to have to make individual decisions, but I think we need to, as a nation, seriously consider the things that we in the public health arena have been talking about, of minimizing travel to the extent possible. Sometimes it’s absolutely necessary, but to the extent possible, don’t travel; don’t congregate together. I know how difficult that is. We all have a strong degree of empathy knowing — and myself included — about wanting to be with your family, wanting to have a large Christmas dinner with family and friends over. Right now, that just should not be done. To the best of our capabilities we should avoid travel and avoid congregate settings.”
Other health experts had expressed similar opinions regarding Thanksgiving, but travel data showed that Americans were largely unphased by those warnings.