Is it safe to party this New Year’s Eve? Understanding COVID-19 risks at any event

As she works with teams to roll out vaccinations to patients, Shruti Gohil, M.D., a medical director as well as a professor within the University of California Irvine’s Health System, wishes that the likelihood of COVID-19 spread associated with parties was somehow lower. But the data is increasingly clear: Indoor parties aren’t safe. “This virus doesn’t have any opinions, it doesn’t care if you’re gathering for a holiday,” Dr. Gohil says. “All it’s looking for are pathways to spread itself.” … Below, Dr. Gohil reviews other concerns around New Year’s festivities raised by officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — and why you should really stay home with your family this year.