Shedding Light on Post-Thanksgiving COVID-19 Infections

Updated December 16, 2020

According to Thomas A. Russo, MD, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, we still have not seen the full impact of Thanksgiving when it comes to potential COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. “After an event, we would expect to see an increase in new cases in one to two weeks, an increase in hospitalizations from two to three weeks, and an increase in bad outcomes from four to six weeks,” says Russo. “The data that we have post-Thanksgiving at this point is only eight days after the event, so it’s a little early to be sure if we’re going to have an additional surge upon the surge of cases due to Thanksgiving.”