Harvard epidemiologist Dr. Julia Marcus has a must-read piece over in The Atlantic that’s being called “one of the most important articles this year” as it lays out the case for health officials to stop lecturing people to stay home and instead give them advice on how to be safe with their families over the holidays:

And if you don’t have time to read the whole thing, Dr. Marcus broke it down in this must-read thread:

Her argument is based on the reality that people NEED to see their families and it’s going to happen:

People do see the hypocrisy of it all:

As for all the scolds out there, she wants them to redirect their anger at “authorities who have the power to protect those most at risk and are catastrophically failing to do so”:

She says “‘just say no’ has *never* been a viable public health strategy”:

And she suggests communities should actually create outdoor space for people to gather:

Good advice:

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