NPR: What our family learned from our post-Thanksgiving coronavirus outbreak

NPR: What our family learned from our post-Thanksgiving coronavirus outbreak. “Breakthrough experiences are becoming more common as our vaccine protection wanes, our pandemic precautions fade and the variants become more prevalent and more evasive. Our family’s saga began the Monday after Thanksgiving. And it left us with a handful of questions that I’ll try to answer in the hopes that our experience may help others navigate the December holidays.”

Gobble, Gobble: Wild Turkeys Star on Student-Run Instagram Page (Boston University Today)

Boston University Today: Gobble, Gobble: Wild Turkeys Star on Student-Run Instagram Page. “You’ve seen them. Watching, waiting, looming. They have zero regard for disrupting traffic and they aren’t exactly friendly when approached. We’re talking about Boston University’s resident wild turkeys. (It is nearly Thanksgiving, after all.) And thanks to a pair of BU students, they’ve gained a bit of internet stardom.”

Associated Press: Vaccines making Thanksgiving easier, but hot spots remain

Associated Press: Vaccines making Thanksgiving easier, but hot spots remain. “The U.S. is facing its second Thanksgiving of the pandemic in better shape than the first time around, thanks to the vaccine, though some regions are seeing surges of COVID-19 cases that could get worse as families travel the country for gatherings that were impossible a year ago. Nearly 200 million Americans are fully vaccinated. That leaves tens of millions who have yet to get a shot in the arm, some of them out of defiance. Hospitals in the cold Upper Midwest, especially Michigan and Minnesota, are filled with COVID-19 patients who are mostly unvaccinated.”

Booster snafu: Shots lagged data by months (Axios)

Axios: Booster snafu: Shots lagged data by months. “Federal officials waited months before making all American adults eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot — meaning millions of Americans may not have the strongest possible protection as they head into holiday travel. Why it matters: Critics say the confusing process undermined what has now become a critical effort to stave off another wave of the pandemic.”

CNN: How to prepare for another winter of Covid-19? An expert weighs in

CNN: How to prepare for another winter of Covid-19? An expert weighs in. “Winter is almost here. After weeks of steady decline, Covid-19 cases appear to be on the rise again. Is a surge inevitable? How should families think about the winter ahead? What can they do to prepare and get through this period safely? I discussed all of these questions with our expert, CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen, who is an emergency physician and professor of health policy and management at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health.”

New York Times: How to Host Thanksgiving With Unvaccinated Friends and Family

New York Times: How to Host Thanksgiving With Unvaccinated Friends and Family. “In addition to the big, juicy turkey on the table, there’s also an elephant lurking in the room this Thanksgiving: the vaccination status of your guests. It’s a tricky thing to talk about. Do you ask your aunt if she received the Covid vaccine after she R.S.V.P.s? What if she says no? Do you endure another scaled-back celebration, like last year? Or should you serve up a bunch of precautions?”

Dallas Morning News: 9.4 million passengers during Thanksgiving week set pandemic-era airport records

Dallas Morning News: 9.4 million passengers during Thanksgiving week set pandemic-era airport records. “Nearly 10 million people hopped on planes during the 10-day Thanksgiving period that ended [November 29], including four days with more than 1 million passengers each and some of the busiest travel days of the COVID-19 era. Numbers may have been even higher if not for a wave of warnings from federal and state officials about gathering for Thanksgiving amid a surge in COVID-19 cases nationwide.”

A comfy chair, a locked door, an old record. Covid Thanksgiving inspires new reasons for gratitude. (Washington Post)

Washington Post: A comfy chair, a locked door, an old record. Covid Thanksgiving inspires new reasons for gratitude.. “In any given year, Stephanie Coleman can recite reasons she is thankful on Thanksgiving, a list that includes her three children, her husband, friends, extended family and the six chickens in her backyard. This year? She is grateful for the lock on the door to her attic, where she flees to escape her family. She is grateful for the lock on her bathroom door, which prevents her kids from barging in at any moment to tattle on one another or whine for more screen time.”

AP: Empty seats, delivered feasts as virus changes Thanksgiving

AP: Empty seats, delivered feasts as virus changes Thanksgiving. “Turkey and pies will still come out of ovens, football will still be on TV, families will still give thanks and have lively conversations about politics. But this holiday has been utterly altered after months filled with sorrows and hardships: Many feasts are weighed down by the loss of loved ones; others have been canceled or scaled back with the virus surging.”

Poynter: How local journalists are covering a Thanksgiving drastically impacted by COVID-19

Poynter: How local journalists are covering a Thanksgiving drastically impacted by COVID-19. “More than 1 million COVID-19 cases were reported in the United States last week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And as cases continue to rise again in different parts of the country, the federal agency has discouraged Americans from having gatherings with family and friends who do not live with them. Many local journalists and editors are adjusting their coverage around a drastically different Thanksgiving this year.”

New York Times: Coronavirus Upends Thanksgiving for Many, While Others Ignore Warnings

New York Times: Coronavirus Upends Thanksgiving for Many, While Others Ignore Warnings. “Ginger Floerchinger-Franks typically invites 10 people to her home in Boise, Idaho, for Thanksgiving dinner and cooks the entire meal herself, including her specialty, pumpkin soup. But the pandemic has forced her to devise a new plan: a socially distant potluck. Three households will each prepare a dish, and Ms. Floerchinger-Franks will shuttle the platters between their homes. Then they will gather on Zoom to savor each other’s food.”

Surgeon General Adams: All Americans, even at the White House, should avoid large holiday gatherings (CNN)

CNN: Surgeon General Adams: All Americans, even at the White House, should avoid large holiday gatherings. “US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams warned Monday that all Americans — even at the White House — should follow US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and avoid large gatherings during what he called a ‘dire point’ in the pandemic.”

WRAL: Some governors ignore CDC advice on Thanksgiving gatherings

WRAL: Some governors ignore CDC advice on Thanksgiving gatherings. “Coronavirus infections are ravaging South Dakota, where more than half of tests have come back positive for weeks. Yet Gov. Kristi Noem won’t require masks or take other measures to curb the spread, including urging families to limit Thanksgiving gatherings. Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said he’ll attend a college football game over the weekend and spend the holiday with his parents, noting that, ‘Oklahomans should be with their loved ones over Thanksgiving.’”

New York Times: What 635 Epidemiologists Are Doing for Thanksgiving

New York Times: What 635 Epidemiologists Are Doing for Thanksgiving. “The family of one epidemiologist plans to celebrate Thanksgiving in a garage, with tables 10 feet apart and the doors rolled up. Another epidemiologist’s family is forgoing a traditional meal for an outdoor hot cider toast with neighbors. A third is dining in an outdoor tent, with a heater, humidifier and air purifier running. And, according to an informal survey of 635 epidemiologists by The New York Times, the large majority are not celebrating with people outside their household.”

Andy Slavitt: The Holiday Time Restrictions Are Needed

Andy Slavitt: The Holiday Time Restrictions Are Needed. “I know many plane tickets for Thanksgiving are already purchased (several hundred million). There are 35 million potential super-spreader events. My advice is start planning for next year’s Thanksgiving and Christmas, not this one. If your state isn’t asking you to dine in your bubble, remember the leaders don’t care about you. If you die or get sick, their life will not change. They were not elected because of their skill at comprehending a crisis.”