Kids of healthcare workers urge people to avoid large Thanksgivings: 'We want to keep everyone safe'

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Children of doctors, nurses and other frontline workers at the Cook County Health system are asking the public to stay home for the holidays.

Adults have been asking people to stay at home. Healthcare workers must figure if people won’t listen to grownups, maybe they’ll listen to kids.

The Chair of Family Planning and Gynecology at Cook County Health, Dr. Ashlesha Patel, had her 12-year-old daughter, Anaiya, speak at a news conference to encourage virtual Thanksgivings.

“We want to keep everyone safe. We all need to practice social distancing, wearing masks and washing our hands. If kids can do virtual school, why can’t we all do virtual Thanksgiving?”

A nurse in the Covid unit also asked people to stay at home.  She is nine months pregnant and said she would like to stay at home and care for her baby in the first days of her child’s life.

Dr. Michael Hoffman, lead physician of the COVID-19 Units at Cook County Health, was asked what he thought about the recent TV images of O’Hare and Midway.

“I actually thought it was a playback to years past of what Thanksgiving travel used to be like — until I turned up the volume and realized it was what was actually happening right now,” Hoffman said.

“These are going directly against the recommendations for stay-at-home.”

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