Video above: Physician predicts 'unprecedented surge' in U.S. COVID-19 cases after Thanksgiving
There will be no limit to how long you can virtually hang out on Thanksgiving.
Zoom has announced it will waive its 40-minute time limit for calls on Thanksgiving across the globe as families and friends plan to gather virtually while adhering to public health recommendations.
The video-calling giant has seen an astronomical rise in popularity amid the coronavirus pandemic this year. Zoom went from a user base of about 10 million in December 2019 to nearly 300 million by April, according to the Federal Trade Commission.
The announcement from Zoom comes as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and public health experts have advised against having Thanksgiving gatherings with anyone from outside your home.
Thanksgiving will come next week as the pandemic continues to surge throughout the United States. The U.S. has surpassed 11 million cases, the number of daily deaths is on the rise and hospital systems nationwide are starting to get overwhelmed.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated its holiday guidance, noting the virus crisis is worsening and that small household gatherings are “an important contributor."
The CDC said older adults and others at heightened risk of severe illness should avoid gathering with people outside their households.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and various medial experts in Canada earlier this month said the country's second surge in coronavirus cases timed up with gatherings that would have occurred during Canadian Thanksgiving on Oct. 12.