Millions of Americans have changed their plans for Thanksgiving because of the new coronavirus epidemic, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergic and Infectious Diseases, sees the same for Christmas and New Year.
America continues to lead in COVID-19 cases, and officials across the country have asked people to refrain from Thanksgiving gathering to fight further attacks. While vaccinations are on the horizon, they are likely to become widespread in months to come, and Fauci warned that without a significant reduction in cases, Christmas and New Year are likely to be similar to Thanksgiving.
“If the wave alternately continues to move upwards and suffers more than 100,000 infections a day and 1,300 deaths a day, and the number keeps rising and rising … I don’t see that it would be any different for Christmas and New Year holidays than during Thanksgiving, “Fauci said USA ma.
Despite officials urging them to stay home and celebrate Thanksgiving only among those living in the household, millions of people traveled to TSA checkpoints in the days before the holiday. On Friday, one million people passed through TSA checkpoints in one day, for the first time since mid-March.
However, the epidemic is likely to have changed the plans of millions of others as air travel has declined significantly over the same period last year. From Monday to Wednesday, 2,900,411 people passed through TSA checkpoints, compared to 7,313,608, which traveled in the three days leading up to Thanksgiving 2019.
Wednesday before Thanksgiving is known to be one of the busiest travel days of the year, and as far as COVID-era flights are concerned, it has a long-standing reputation. With more than 1,070,967 people traveling by plane, this was the highest number since passing TSA checkpoints since March 16th. Although air traffic was at a record high during the epidemic, it represents a decrease of about 60 percent from the same day last year. for TSA data.
Fauci was one of those who changed his Thanksgiving plans to help slow the spread of the virus, choosing a dinner with his wife and a magnification call with his three daughters instead of a personal ceremony. He said USA ma part of the problem with festive holidays is that people who sing, laugh, eat and drink are often kept indoors. So this year he will probably give up his usual Christmas plans as well.
“To my own family, I say it was a very big Thanksgiving and Christmas last year. We are looking forward to our very big Thanksgiving and Christmas expectations in 2021,” he said. “Now let’s get the most out of the situation and show our love and affection for the people by keeping them safe.”