Fauci warns of uptick in COVID-19 cases from travel as over 5 million people pass through US airports in the past week
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Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, said on told ABC Sunday that there "certainly is going to be an uptick" in coronaviruscases because of travelfrom the Thanksgivingholiday.
- Over 5 million travelers passed through the US airports between Monday to Saturday this past week, according to the Transportation Security Agency's checkpoint travel numbers.
- Photos and videos showed some airport terminals and gates with alarming crowds of people a total of over 3 million travelers between Friday and Sunday prior to the week of Thanksgiving.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, warned that there is going to be an 'uptick' because of the amount of travel the US has seen this Thanksgiving holiday.
"There almost certainly is going to be an uptick because of what's happened with the travel," Fauci told ABC on Sunday.Even as the CDC recommended against travel, over 5 million travelers passed through the US airports between Monday to Saturday of this week, according to the Transportation Security Agency (TSA)'s checkpoint travel numbers. According to the TSA, the weekend prior to the week of Thanksgiving saw a total of over 3 million travelers between Friday, Nov 20 to Sunday, Nov 22. Photos and videos showed some airport terminals and gates with alarming crowds of people.
As the pandemic fatigue looms over Americans who have become more likely to take risks from exhaustion over a long lost sense of normality and more people congregate indoors because of the cold weather, the US has entered a surge of Coronavirus that public health experts have warned could be the deadliest yet, Business Insider's Aria Bendix reported.The US has a total of over 13 million confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Public health experts have warned that travel from the Thanksgiving holiday may make this surge even worse, Business Insider's Yelena Dzhanova reported."Everyone is totally empathetic about the fatigue everyone is feeling," Fauci said on ABC. "But if we can hang in there a bit longer and do the fundamental things: wearing a mask uniformly, avoiding crowds in congregate settings, keeping physical distance, washing your hands. They seem simple in the enormity of the problem that we're facing but they do make a difference."
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