Small gatherings contributing to spike in COVID-19 cases

CNN reported yesterday that CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield said,

“But what we’re seeing as the increasing threat right now is actually acquisition of infection through small household gatherings.”

Dr. Robert Redfield

I tried finding a specific source to “what we’re seeing”. I wanted some hard data. A study. Anything. All I could find were a number of references such as this one from KCRA.

“We do know that many of our cases are stemming from gatherings that are happening in homes — graduation or birthday parties, funerals or other groups in homes,” the Sacramento County Public Health Department said in a statement.

KCRA website

This example was from June 2020.

It seems like when contact tracing is done, a lot of sources come from in-home gatherings. The timing announcement comes after the recent Jewish High Holy Days and before the big holiday season in the US. I don’t think this was the result of a multi-center research study but of solid anecdotal evidence.

Here’s where we are folks. If you are going to have people over to your house, keep the doors and windows open if you can and keep the numbers low. If you can’t do that because you live somewhere cold, wear a mask when you are inside. It sucks. However, if we put in the work, we can get through this winter without overloading the hospitals.