It is tradition to gather many families during Thanksgiving and throughout the Holiday season. But with the global epidemic of coronoviruses, Thanksgiving dinner at those ceremonies can be turned into a superspreader event.
The Argonz family is now living with the results of a large family gathering on November 1; 15 members of the Arlington, Texas-based Aragonz family have since tested positive for coronovirus.
All 12 of the positives tested simultaneously for Kovid-19, Alexa Aragonz said – four lived at home and eight were traveling. She said those family members then infected another three, bringing the total to 15.
As an employee in the City of Arlington’s Department of Communications and Legislative Affairs, Argonz said, she saw an opportunity to make the family outbreak a teaching moment.
“We know we messed up because we let our guard down,” he said of his family. “We are not unlike a lot of families.”
Aragonez said that they just got comfortable and paid the price.
Although she said her family took many precautions elsewhere, they stayed indoors and did not wear masks when the large family gathered. Kovid-19 is more likely to spread outside the home, according to health officials, who also recommended that people wear masks inside when they are no longer in their home.
“It’s in English and Spanish,” she told CNN. “We need to make sure that we are communicating across multiple paths, seeing the heartbeat of both.”
Her mother Enriqueta attended PSA, even hospitalized with pneumonia, which had developed in her lungs.
“We’re doing better,” Alexa Argonoz told CNN. “My family is slowly recovering but hopefully for sure.”
Enriceta is out of the hospital, but still has Kovid’s symptoms and, according to her daughter, is isolated from the rest of the family.