U.S. air travel surges ahead of Thanksgiving despite warnings

Darnell Taylor
November 23, 2020

The rush of travelers comes on a day that Johns Hopkins University reported a record 195,542 new US Covid-19 cases confirmed.

The context: The updated travel recommendations come days after the CDC advised Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving and to limit gatherings to people within the same household.

More than 12,010,000 cases of the coronavirus were reported, according to a Reuters tally of public health data, capping a series of days with record-breaking infections, with the Midwest experiencing one of the most dramatic increases in cases per capita.

The COVID-19 epidemic has claimed almost 255,000 lives in the USA - more than in any other nation - and the recent escalation has prompted more than 20 states to impose sweeping new restrictions this month to curb the virus.

Still, video footage on Twitter showed more than a hundred people, wearing masks, crowding departure gates at Sky Harbor airport in Phoenix, Arizona, on Friday.

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Mark Ghaly said in a statement. "Taking these hard, temporary actions now could help prevent future shutdowns". This limited Stay at Home Order is created to reduce opportunities for disease transmission.

With the COVID-19 pandemic looming over the holiday season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday night recommended that worldwide travelers get tested for coronavirus before and after flights. "CDC is recommending against travel during the Thanksgiving period", Henry Walke, a CDC doctor working on the pandemic, told reporters.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving this year in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

At a press briefing on Friday, the nation's top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci likened Pfizer's vaccine and others like it to "cavalry" coming to the country's aid, and he said Americans should meanwhile continue to follow measures such as social distancing and the use of face masks.

Those planning to fly should get tested 1 to 3 days prior to the flight and again 3 to 5 days after traveling, according to new agency guidance on global air travel released late Saturday.

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