Unidentified diners serve themselves food at a traditional Thanksgiving Day family gathering in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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Another Thanksgiving, Another COVID Wave. But Health Experts Are Less Worried Than Last Year.

(BLOOMINGTON, Ind.) – Thanksgiving gatherings raise the threat of adding to the latest wave of COVID-19. But health experts aren’t as concerned as they were last year.

Three-million Hoosiers are vaccinated against COVID-19. That’s three-million more than last Thanksgiving. Indiana University chief health officer Aaron Carroll says huge gatherings which include unvaccinated people pose a risk of COVID spread, but notes that’s true whether it’s Thanksgiving or not. He says as long as everyone at your Thanksgiving dinner is vaccinated and takes precautions, it shouldn’t be a major issue.

IU Health south central regional president Brian Shockney says there’s nothing wrong with asking your guests if they’re vaccinated, and reminding them to stay home if they have a fever or other symptoms.

COVID cases are rising again, back to where they were two months ago. Last year, the peak of the pandemic in Indiana arrived one week after Thanksgiving. But the wave was already building before that, with more than 6,000 cases a day — nearly twice as many as there are now.

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