As cases of COVID-19 surge to record levels across the United States, national public health advisors Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx have pushed for an approach that emphasizes intensive social distancing and widespread mask use, and many states are striving to slow the virus’s spread without resorting to complete lockdowns. That strategy helped some states mitigate their outbreaks through the summer. But with winter and major holidays coming, will such measures be enough?
Scientists have already begun incorporating various degrees of social distancing and mask use into their predictions of the pandemic’s course. of holiday-related COVID transmission in Colorado simulates several scenarios depending on a variable called “