Thanksgiving Day was only a few days ago. It came with ominous warnings from health officials and the government to not meet together for the traditional family meal. To do so would likely greatly increase the spread of the Covid-19 virus, a disease against which we so far have very few defenses.
Of course, Americans being who we are, many are too independently minded to heed these warnings. It has been reported that travel both by air and by car over Thanksgiving has been the highest since the pandemic hit our shores in March.
We have yet to see if the warnings spoken by our government and by health care officials and providers will bring about the great increase of infections, hospital admissions and death. However, if our previous big holiday weekends this year are any indication, all of this traveling and gathering will indeed result on a much greater strain on our hospitals, and will cause many more people to die.
The reason that so many people are ignoring or flouting these warnings usually is not because they do not think that there is no peril in the travel or the gatherings. Some may believe there is no danger, but mostly people are disregarding the threat because this pandemic has other negative effects on us other than to our health.
Isolation is one of these. Isolation in any form is difficult, but isolation from family is the most severe of the strains. That is why when it comes to the traditional times of family gatherings, many people are willing to take the risk of getting sick.