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Pediatricians worry about Thanksgiving COVID spike, urging masks for large indoor gatherings

A local pediatrician says they are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 over the holiday break that’s coming up.

Thanksgiving is days away, and COVID cases are on the rise around the Finger Lakes and Central New York despite best efforts to vaccinate the population.

Experts say that booster shots for those who were vaccinated in the spring are going to be crucial to keeping COVID numbers down this winter.


Dr. Dracker with Summerwood Pediatrics recently spoke with CNYCentral about the situation, and the risk the holiday season poses to kids and the rise of COVID again in the region.

He doesn’t believe the spike will be as bad as it was last year, but says the risk is still significant. “We’re a lot further ahead than we were last year at this time, so I think for the most part things will be pretty safe” Dracker said.

Experts like Dracker continue to suggest wearing a mask for any large indoor gatherings this Thanksgiving.



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