The 2020 holiday season is just around the corner, and many people are looking forward to spending time with family and friends. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic is still surging, with 40 more than states reporting an increase in cases.

Additionally, the US reached two grim milestones this week when it surpassed 9 million total cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The two-week span between 8 and 9 million cases is the fastest the country has added one million cases since the start of the pandemic.

TODAY Digital spoke with 16 infectious disease experts around the country for tips on how to safely celebrate Thanksgiving this year. IMD CEO Dr. Suzet McKinney was among those interviewed for the story. You can read more here.