The coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Dr. Deborah Birx, is advising all Americans who held a family Thanksgiving event to assume they have coronavirus and to go get tested.
Appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation," Birx said those who gathered together should exercise an abundance of caution and get tested this week.
"We know people may have made mistakes over the Thanksgiving time period," Birx said to CBS anchor Margaret Brennan. "If you're young and you gathered, you need to be tested about five to 10 days later. But you need to assume that you're infected and not go near your grandparents and aunts and others without a mask.
We're really asking families to even mask indoors if they chose to gather during Thanksgiving and others went across the country or even into the next state."
Birx said that experts fear there will be massive spikes in COVID-19 cases and deaths following Thanksgiving. Though the recent surge had started to wane, Birx said that the recent holiday may undo all of that progress.
The task force coordinator also indirectly criticized local and state officials who are not implementing stringent restrictions and are erring on the side of personal freedom.
"To every American…if your governor or your mayor isn't doing the policies that we know are critical — masking, physical distancing, avoiding bars, avoiding crowded indoor areas — if those restrictions don't exist in your state," Birx said, "you need to take it upon yourself to be restricted. You need to not go to these places. You need to protect your family now."
Birx will be briefing the Biden transition team on Monday.