A member of the New York Army National Guard on Thursday, December 24, 2020, in the U.S. No. giving health forms to passengers at Lagarde Airport (LGA) in New York.
Angus Mordant | Bloomberg | Getty Images
U.S. air travel reached its highest level since mid-March on Saturday, raising fears that an increase in holiday travel would lead to a further increase in Covid-19 cases and deaths next week.
Despite the outbreak of coronavirus across the country, 1,192,881 people passed through airport security checkpoints on Saturday, according to the Transportation Security Administration.
Air travel is still significantly lower than in previous years, but has increased during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, despite warnings from health experts and elected officials to limit travel and family gatherings.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Sunday that the U.S. The UK may experience the delayed effects of post-Christmas holiday travel in the next few weeks.
“This is what happens. It’s terrible, it’s unfortunate, but it was speculative,” said Fawcett, one of the country’s top infectious disease experts, during an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
December is the U.S. Was the deadliest and most infectious month of the epidemic, with Johns Hopkins University estimating that the country averaged more than 2,600 deaths a day.
Stress cases of the new, more transmissible coronavirus have also been found in people who no longer have a travel history in the three states.
Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams on Sunday urged Americans to wear masks and social distances to ward off an estimated surge in infections.
“What we do now is important,” Adams said in an interview on CNN. “If you’ve gathered on vacation outside your home without a mask, there’s still a remedy.”
“You can still self-quarantine. You can still test, knowing that now more than 50% of the spread is in asymptomatic people.”