A doctor explains why New Year’s Eve may be the riskiest holiday to celebrate as usual

With the arrival of a few approved vaccines, many are feeling hopeful about getting back to a sense of normalcy. … 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. … “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.”