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Canada's COVID-19 surge since Thanksgiving should serve as warning to U.S., doctor says

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After Canada saw a surge in COVID-19 cases following its Thanksgiving holiday on October 12, an infectious disease expert in Columbus fears that could happen here in the U.S. on a much larger scale. (WSYX/WTTE)

After Canada saw a surge in COVID-19 cases following its Thanksgiving holiday on October 12, an infectious disease expert in Columbus fears that could happen here in the U.S. on a much larger scale.

Canada’s largest city, Toronto, is now under its second lockdown for the next four weeks.

COVID-19 was already on an upward trajectory in that country before its Thanksgiving holiday, but since then the incline has gotten much steeper.

The U.S. and Canada celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday similarly, with friends and family coming together to share a meal, but just like here in the U.S., Canadian health officials discouraged the traditional gathering this year due to COVID-19.

“When you look at their current curve, especially beginning about 10 to 14 days after their Canadian Thanksgiving on October 12, they are on a clear upward trajectory slope,” OhioHealth Infectious Disease Expert, Dr. Joseph Gastaldo said.

Canada’s total of confirmed cases has nearly doubled in the weeks since the holiday.

“It is from the Canadian Thanksgiving and the way they celebrated? Well, if you understand how you get COVID-19 and the fact that any time we have people gathering and removing their masks, you begin to put one and one together,” Gastaldo said.

Canadian health officials have blamed the Thanksgiving holiday for part of the surge the country is facing now. The alarming comparison between the U.S. and our northern neighbors is the size of each population. The U.S. Is home to nearly 300-million more people.

“My serious concern is, that there will be many thousands of super spreader events that could really lead to a significant rise in COVID-19. I hope I’m wrong,” Gastaldo said.

Gastaldo suggests canceling any large gatherings with people you don’t live with. If your mind is made up, he said only remove your mask when seated, eating food, and keep your distance.

“Limit the amount of people who are going to be there. Limit the amount of time you’re going to be there. You don’t want to have an open-door policy where the neighbors and every aunt, uncle, and cousin is invited,” Gastaldo said.

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