Millions of Americans traveled around the country for Thanksgiving despite warnings of COVID-19 growth

Millions of Americans traveled around the country for Thanksgiving despite warnings of COVID-19 growth

From Friday to Tuesday, an unusually large passenger traffic was observed at U.S. airports: about one million Americans daily.

Millions of U.S. residents went on a trip on the eve of Thanksgiving, which this year came on Thursday, November 26, to celebrate the holiday despite an increase in mortality from COVID-19 and a record number of hospitalizations associated with coronavirus infection.

The behavior of Americans who didn’t want to heed the calls of the authorities to stay home and minimize Thanksgiving as much as possible has increased concerns among experts about a new wave of coronavirus infections and the increase in mortality from COVID-19 in December, which is the peak holiday season in the United States. The sharp increase in morbidity usually leads to an increase in mortality with a delay of several weeks.

Already on Tuesday, in anticipation of the holiday, when the Americans began to actively move around the country, the daily number of people who became victims of COVID-19, for the first time since May, exceeded 2 thousand people. On Tuesday, another sad record was set – 87 thousand Americans were hospitalized due to complications caused by the coronavirus. In the last two weeks alone, 2.3 million Americans were infected with COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as state and municipal governments, urge citizens to stay home and not gather many guests for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

Between November 20 and 24, about one million people passed through security checkpoints at U.S. airports daily. This is 60 percent less than the same period in 2019, but is a record increase in passenger traffic since March, when the U.S. began a full-scale epidemic of COVID-19.