“What it practically means is if you’re going to a party with five or more people, there’s probably someone with Covid-19 at that party.”
Scientists now know that coronavirus “can linger in the air for minutes to hours,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
Guests may not always wear masks: Whether they’re grilling champagne at midnight or snacking on snacks all night, partygoers are likely to take off their masks – if they wear one at all.
“If you’re having a party in your area, or if you’re just inviting friends, there’s a big risk,” Hotez said.
“We see serious diseases among healthy, young adults with no apparent underlying causes,” Hotez said.
“Whether it’s due to … a higher dose of the virus, or they have genetic changes they do not know about – we just do not understand it. So we can not reliably predict who will handle this virus well. not, and who does not. ‘
Other complications may include “long-term vascular injury, cardiovascular injury, lung injury, neurological effects, including cognitive impairment,” Hotez said.
Publicists can sing or shout: Singing and screaming can be dangerously effective ways of throwing coronavirus into the air.
New Year’s parties are a ‘Covid-19 dream’
Because coronavirus is highly contagious, “it does not take much to get out of control,” Hotez said.
“It’s a Covid-19 dream for the virus, unfortunately,” Hotez said.
“All of these reasons are important reasons why we would not meet on this New Year’s Eve.”
Is there any way to celebrate New Year safely?
– Have a virtual party with friends and celebrate the countdown together.
– Plan a countdown from the neighborhood until midnight. Neighbors can go outside and cheer from the front of their homes.
– Get a special meal at a local restaurant to share with your household.
– Watch celebrations on TV or online.
Call, text or leave voicemails for friends and family and wish them a happy new year.
If you’re already planning a big party, do not be afraid to cancel it to ensure a healthy start to 2021.
And don’t worry, this will probably be the last time health experts ask you to hold New Year’s Eve.
“Once we start vaccinating, we will be in a much better position by the middle of next year,” Hotez said. “And we can have a much happier New Year 2022.”