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"Why Weddings Are a Bad Idea amid COVID-19 — and What Is and Isn’t Acceptable"

People interviewed Anne Rimoin, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and director of the Fielding School’s UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health, about the risks inherent in a wedding during the pandemic. 

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020
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Weddings are a big life event — and while many couples have rescheduled theirs amid the coronavirus pandemic, others have trudged on full steam ahead.

But what should be a day focused on joy and happiness could turn tragic, as weddings can easily become “superspreader” events, Dr. Anne Rimoin, professor of epidemiology at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, tells PEOPLE.

“Don’t go,” she advises those sitting on save-the-date and RSVP cards. “Right now, we all have to do our part… The rules of virus transmission remain the same. There’s no bending the rules because you have a special event.”