Washington, November 25 The last Thursday of November every year is Thanksgiving in the United States. In the United States, it is a happy and warm traditional holiday. People visit relatives and friends, and generations of people gather together. Have a turkey meal.
However, the new crown epidemic raging in the United States made the atmosphere of Thanksgiving this year depressed. When the holiday season is approaching, American newspapers are flooded with warnings from public health experts that Thanksgiving trips and gatherings may become the “mother of all super-spreader incidents”, or put the computer on the Thanksgiving table and use video and voice connections. And a computer game with a variety of role-playing, and suggestions for celebrating Thanksgiving with your loved ones virtually.
Due to the recent rapid increase in the number of infections, many states and cities in the United States have adopted a new round of restrictions on Thanksgiving. Pennsylvania Governor Wolf issued a new epidemic restriction order, and Chicago Mayor Lightfoot urged people to cancel traditional Thanksgiving gatherings. In Houston, the traditional Thanksgiving Day parade was cancelled.
In New York, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which has a history of more than 90 years, cancelled the parade route through the bustling downtown area of Manhattan, and changed it to only one block in front of the Macy’s flagship store in Manhattan.
The raging epidemic has made many Americans feel tired and relaxed. The US epidemic broke out in March and has lasted for about 9 months so far, and it is still getting worse. Long-term inability to meet with relatives and friends makes many people feel unbearable. From autumn to winter, days are short and nights are long, and the cold weather forces people to stay indoors longer.
The longer the epidemic predicament lasts, the more difficult it is to maintain a normal daily life, and the greater the damage to physical and mental health from staying at home.
The unemployment problem caused by the epidemic has made tens of thousands of Americans feel the depression of winter. According to US media reports, just one week before Thanksgiving, the number of people applying for unemployment assistance for the first time in the United States increased by 778,000, exceeding economists’ expectations.
According to data from the non-profit organization “Feed America”, there are currently more than 50 million Americans lacking food security, compared with approximately 35 million before the epidemic. On the eve of Thanksgiving Day, in many parts of the United States, people lined up to receive relief food. Many charities reported that the number of people seeking food relief increased significantly over the same period last year.
On Thanksgiving, the holiday of family reunion, thousands of Americans have to endure the pain of losing their loved ones due to the epidemic.
Statistics from Johns Hopkins University show that on the 25th, the day before Thanksgiving, the number of deaths from new crowns in the United States exceeded 2,000 in a single day, a record high in 6 months; the cumulative number of confirmed cases of new crowns in the United States on that day exceeded 12.77 million. The cumulative number of deaths exceeded 262,000.
American psychologists suggest that due to the epidemic, people may be lonely due to social distancing, anxious due to economic conditions, and grief due to the loss of relatives and friends, but try to stay calm and try to maintain the festive “sense of ritual” and let roast turkey and apple pie , Candlelight and flowers bring sensual pleasure, and turn the mind to something worthy of gratitude to spend “a difficult Thanksgiving”.