Despite all the warnings, the advice to stay home, and the fact that the more we keep flying, the longer this COVID-19 pandemic will last, Americans kept flying for the holidays. And our prosperous increase in people flying to their loved ones is competitiveour pre-pandemic numbers.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised people do not travel for the holidays, and rather spend time with the people who already haveady been in the house with them. If you really must on travel, the CDC asked people to consider its impact, including overwhelming local hospitals and to bring the disease unintentionally to a previously untouched home.
And yet, the day before Christmas Eve, 1 191 123 people boarded flights in the United States, NBC reported—Most since March, when the pandemic was still in its infancy in this country. A similar increase was seen during Thanksgiving holiday period, but March 16 was the last day that more than 1.1 million people flew.
In the week before the Christmas holidays, more than three million people boarded flights. Although the numbers are significantly smaller than in 2019, they are still increasingly high.
After Thanksgiving, COVID-19 business began to increase, probably due to travel as well as near, maskless contact with people outside your bubble. In the two weeks following Thanksgiving, COVID-19 cases among TSA agents jumped by a national average of 38 percent, Forbes reported.
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A similar trend occurred in Canada after the country celebrated its Thanksgiving in October. Ontario recorded a record high number of cases two weeks after Thanksgiving. The Washington Post reports. The province responded by banning meals inside and other event restrictions.
The extensive nature of the winter holidays is also now an additional cause for concern, as it is generally not a one-day affair. Families come together for several days at a time, emphasizing as many family members as possible. And this does not even take into account the upcoming New Year celebrations, which are likely to be their own can of worms.
How the travel peak is affecting the country remains to be seen, but it does not sound like it will be promising.