Fauci says to cancel New Year’s Eve parties, as millions struggle for normalcy nearly two years into pandemic

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Autoplay Top White House coronavirus adviser Anthony Fauci said on CNN Monday morning that Americans should cancel their New Year’s Eve parties due to the increasing spread of the omicron coronavirus variant, as Americans struggle to find some normalcy as the pandemic wraps up its second year.

"I would stay away from that," Fauci said when asked about the annual parties on CNN’s "New Day."

"I have been telling people consistently that if you’re vaccinated and boosted and you have a family setting, in the home with family and relatives," it’s okay to gather, Fauci continued. "But when you’re talking about a New Year’s Eve party, we have 30, 40, 50 people celebrating. You do not know the status of their vaccination, I would recommend strongly stay away from that this year." Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) (AP) Fauci’s advice comes on the heels of many state and local officials telling Americans that they should shun unvaccinated family members for Christmas, mask-up around family members from other households or even cancel their Christmas gathering altogether for the second straight year.

Louisiana’s government told people to "mask indoors when not with your everyday household." Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser recommended the same, telling people to "wear masks indoors, even at small gatherings."

The Milwaukee Health Department, meanwhile, said people should gather "with only fully vaccinated friends and family." And Philadelphia Health Commissioner Chery Bettigole said, "Please do not hold or attend holiday parties indoors, it’s just too dangerous." Growing research shows that children, teens and young adults are struggling with their mental health after COVID-19 restrictions stole normal activities like parties, school and more from them. (iStock) These warnings for people to avoid normal holiday activities follow news that Americans’ mental health is significantly deteriorating – a phenomenon many attribute to the virus mitigation measures.

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy earlier this month issued a warning of a growing youth mental health crisis. And new government data, analyzed by the group Families Against Fentanyl, shows overdoses of the drug are now the leading cause of death among people between 18 and 45 – above COVID-19, car accidents and any other cause of death. COVID CHRISTMAS: OFFICIALS ADVISE MASKS AT HOME, CANCELING GATHERINGS, SHUNNING UNVAXXED "It’s the crushing impact that our COVID policies have had on kids and young children… even teenagers," CBS News National Legal Correspondent said on " Face the Nation " Sunday when asked what she thinks is the biggest underreported story of 2021. "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." Young adults, teens and children are dealing with significant mental health fallout from COVID-19 restrictions, according to […]

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