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Nurses, hospitals and doctor groups urge public in open letter to 'celebrate responsibly' during the holidays to stop Covid-19

November 19, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

People wait on a line stretching around a block, outside a CityMD urgent care clinic offering COVID-19 testing, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in the Park Slope area of the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

As Covid-19 cases rise across the country, leading U.S. medical and health organizations called on the American public to celebrate safely this holiday season.

(CNN)As Covid-19 cases rise across the country, leading U. S. medical and health organizations called on the American public to celebrate safely this holiday season.

"With Thanksgiving and the holiday season fast approaching and a deadly Covid-19 pandemic surging, we -- the physicians, nurses, hospital and health system leaders and public health professionals on the front lines of this pandemic -- strongly urge everyone throughout our country to celebrate responsibly, in a scaled-back fashion that limits the virus's spread, to help reduce the risk of infecting friends, family and others you love," read the letter.

The groups fear that the surge of cases expected around the holiday season will overwhelm the health care system.

"The record-shattering surge underway is resulting in uncontrolled community spread and infection that has already overburdened health systems in some areas and will ultimately consume capacity of our health care system and may reduce the availability of care in many places in our country," it added.

Earlier Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued updated guidelines recommending against travel for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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