On Monday, Dr. Anthony Fauci suggested that American families should avoid large New Year’s Eve gatherings and celebrations.
USA Today reported:
“When you are talking about a New Year’s Eve party, where you have 30, 40, 50 people celebrating, you do not know the status of the vaccination — I would recommend strongly, stay away from that this year. There will be other years to do that, but not this year.”
The infamous Times Square ball drop attendance will be capped at 15,000 people this year. This is due to New York’s increase in cases and fear of straining the hospitals. All attendees will be required to be vaccinated and wear masks.
His advice follows that of many local and state officials that they should ban unvaccinated family members from attending holiday gatherings.
A slew of governors and mayors are even telling vaccinated people they should be masked when at home celebrating with family. The Philadelphia Health Commissioner Cheryl Bettigole said, “Please do not hold or attend holiday parties indoors; it’s just too dangerous.” Louisiana’s governor is telling people to mask inside at all times when not at home with your household.
These new suggestions are directly contrary to the information about young people’s mental health amidst the pandemic. Dr. Vivek Murthy, the U.S. Surgeon General, warned the U.S. about this growing mental health problem. Families Against Fentanyl analyzed government data and found that the leading cause of death in 18-45-year-olds was fentanyl overdose.
Jan Crawford, the CBS News National Legal Correspondent, stated:
“It’s the crushing impact that our COVID policies have had on kids and young children… even teenagers…They have sacrificed the most… The risk of suicide attempts among girls, now up 51% this year. Black kids nearly twice as likely as White kids to die by suicide. School closures, lockdown, cancellation of sports.”
The American Psychological Association issued a survey of “Stress in America” and found that 50% of the 3,000 millennial respondents reported they had difficulty with daily tasks. About half of the respondents said the pandemic made planning for the future almost impossible.
Even with this knowledge, Fauci and others are still advocating for young people to celebrate New Year’s in small groups or isolated away from the typical large parties.