Health official says neg. test doesn’t make holiday gathering safe, Americans respond: ‘suck it Satan’

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A top doctor in California is warning residents that even a negative COVID-19 test cannot assure they are safe to gather with others over the holidays.

Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer predicted a “surge on top of a surge” could be coming if people don’t change plans to celebrate holidays with others, claiming that even a negative test result does not mean anyone is safe from getting infected by the virus.

Ferrar and other health officials appear to be advocating for an interminable period of isolation and lockdown for Americans as positive COVID-19 cases soar in many cities like Los Angeles. Ferrar warned people not to necessarily believe negative test results and use them to justify holiday traveling and visiting.

“By the time you get a negative test result, you may no longer be negative,” Ferrer said according to the Los Angeles Times. “And even if you have no symptoms, you can easily infect others.”

(Image: Los Angeles County Public Health screenshot)

Los Angeles County’s health services director also warned that relying on negative test results “is a very dangerous strategy.”

“It’s one that has failed and is a large part of what has led us to the situation that we are in today,” Dr. Christina Ghaly said. “So, please, celebrate the holiday just with your household …. Please leave those in-person celebrations with extended family members or with friends until later in 2021.”

California reported a nearly two percent increase in positive cases in just one day, with the latest update showing there are 32, 659 positive cases in the state with 247 deaths in one day.

“If we don’t change how we’re going to celebrate the winter holidays, we’ll experience a surge on top of a surge on top of a surge,” Ferrar said. “Our hospitals are already over capacity, and the high-quality medical care we’re accustomed to in L.A. County is beginning to be compromised as our frontline health care workers are beyond stretched to the limit.”

A wave of positive cases in the state has led to Gov. Gavin Newsom imposing more and stricter orders in an effort to stem to spread of the virus.

“The Thanksgiving holiday season has hit us really hard,” Nathan Fletcher, a San Diego County supervisor, said at a press briefing this week.

“We have to take action different at Christmas than we did at Thanksgiving. If our individual actions at Christmas resemble those at Thanksgiving, we very well could overwhelm the system that we are holding together on a daily basis,” Fletcher said.

“Our actions that we take on the holidays are a down payment to put us in a better position after the first of the year to be able to come out of this strong and to prepare for the arrival of large numbers of vaccines,” he added.

Warnings from the health officials come as Newsom launched a statewide tier system with stay-at-home orders that are likely to remain past the scheduled end date of Dec. 28. Newsom and other government officials have come under fire for ignoring their own advice and being seen at restaurants and gatherings while telling residents to stay home.

The latest warning from health officials in the state that testing negative doesn’t clear holiday gatherings was met with deserved backlash on social media.

Frieda Powers

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