Governor Charlie Baker says enjoy your Thanksgiving, and that this year is a chance to get back to something that feels "more like a traditional holiday."
But, also, the numbers.
Between November 12 and 19, the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 went up more than 25%. And since the start of the month, the seven-day rate for people testing positive for the virus is over 3%.
Are those conflicting messages? Are today's cases the same as the cases we saw last time numbers were this high? What questions do you have before you hit the skies, the roads for the Thanksgiving holiday, and maybe gather with family?
We take listener calls with Dr. Helen Boucher, infectious disease physician at Tufts Medical Center and interim dean of the Tufts University School of Medicine. And Dr. Cassandra Pierre, acting hospital epidemiologist and an infectious diseases physician at Boston Medical Center.
This segment aired on November 23, 2021.