Doctors ask you to stay home and avoid gatherings for New Year’s Eve celebrations in Houston

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – In the midst of a COVID-19 spike in Houston, doctors are begging the public to stay away from mass gatherings to celebrate the New Year.

“What I suggest people don’t do is go to very large parties of 50-60 people where people are blowing whistles and all that and celebrating and you don’t know the vaccination status of those people. in that environment”. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Fauci recommends holding a small celebration with the family all vaccinated, but Dr. Luis Ostrosky of UTHealth and Memorial Hermann Hospital suggested even tighter restrictions.

“I’m sorry to have to say this but my recommendation is to stay home with your nuclear family,” Ostrosky said.

He asked Houstonians to call New Year’s greetings in person only to people living in the same household.

“There’s a lot of disease going around in town right now and there’s really no safe way to hold a mass gathering for the New Year,” said Ostrosky. “It’s just a set-up for failure.”

With testing lines stretching for hours, test results now taking days to come back and hospital beds filling again, doctors say the wave is hitting them faster than any COVID surge before.

Dr Faisal Masud, Medical Director of Critical Care at Houston Methodist Hospital, said: “It was bewildering that about two to three weeks ago we had only 100 patients in our hospital and let As of today, we have more than 580 patients.”

Masud will be working on New Year’s Eve to help fill the void when hundreds of his medical staff are sidelined with positive cases.

“Now we have a perfect storm,” Masud said. “We have a large influx of patients going to hospitals and emergency rooms and we have less staff.”

You can still enjoy all the traditional fireworks, live music, and countdowns from your TV.

“Let’s start 2022 with a new chapter. This is something we can manage together as Houstonians,” Masud said.

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