November 25th – The COVID-19 epidemic in the United States is severe. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people spend Thanksgiving at home, but tens of millions of people still travel to celebrate Thanksgiving.
According to ABC on the 24th, more than 3 million people in the United States traveled by air from the 20th to the 22nd. On the 22nd, more than 1 million people were conducting security checks at the airport, which was the busiest day of air travel since the outbreak of the epidemic.
In addition, the AAA said that most people will drive to their destinations on Thanksgiving. The AAA expects 48 million Americans to drive around the festival. The CDC recommends only taking a ride with your family and reducing your stay at the gas station.
Fauci, the top infectious disease expert in the United States, said that the surge in Thanksgiving tourists may lead to a surge in cases before Christmas. “Travel, gathering, not wearing masks, and what people actually do increases the risk of transmission, you’ll see another spike in cases,” Fauci told The Washington Post. What we are doing now will be reflected in two or three weeks.”
The risk of COVID-19 transmission on airplanes can be “reduced to very low levels” with appropriate measures, according to a recent Harvard study, but the CDC is concerned that people cannot maintain proper social distancing in airplanes, airports, and shared cars.
Longer flights and stopovers both increase the risk of COVID-19 infection. The CDC says delaying travel and staying home are the best ways to protect yourself and others this year.