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Dr. Fauci on COVID surge, Trump's recovery, and a "very different" Thanksgiving

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But that is a risk." Asked what his advice would be to Americans making plans for the November holiday, Fauci said they should evaluate the status of cases across the country."Given the fluid and dynamic nature of what's going on right now in the spread and the uptick of infections, I think people should be very careful and prudent about social gatherings, particularly when members of the family might be at a risk because of their age or their underlying condition," he said, adding, "You may have to bite the bullet and sacrifice that social gathering, unless you're pretty certain that the people that you're dealing with are not infected."He said that his own family's Thanksgiving "is going to look very different this year." He shared that his children, who live in three different states, have decided not to return home in order to protect his health, since at 79 years old he is considered at higher risk."They themselves, because of their concern for me and my age, have decided they're not going to come home for Thanksgiving — even though all three of them want very much to come home for Thanksgiving."Fauci, the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, also spoke about President Trump's recent COVID-19 diagnosis and recovery."We're very, very pleased" with how well Mr. Trump is doing, he said. Asked whether the president is putting the people who travel with him in danger at this point, Fauci said: "The answer to that is no, he is not."Asked about the potential risk of reinfection, Fauci said, "Absolutely, for certain, it occurs," but he noted that so far only anecdotal evidence exists and experts do not know how common it really is.Portions of Norah O'Donnell's interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci will air on the "CBS Evening News" on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. ET on CBS and 10 p.m. ET on CBSN.

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