Despite Dire Warnings, Airports Report a Rise in Travelers

‘Please seriously consider decisions that you make,’ Says Fauci

By Paul Riegler on 22 November 2020
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A security checkpoint at JFK’s Terminal 4 several weeks ago

Despite warnings and pleas from health experts and government officials, Thanksgiving travel is surging along with the coronavirus.

Over one million people traversed TSA airport security checkpoints on Friday, only the second time the figure has topped one million since March, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

Even with the crowds at many airports, however, travel was down some 40% compared to the Friday before Thanksgiving week last year.

Just a few days earlier, citing the rise in new cases and deaths from Covid-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans to not travel for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The “CDC is recommending against travel during the Thanksgiving period,” said Dr. Henry Walke, its Covid-19 incident manager.

The airline industry last week said it is expecting an “uptick” in holiday travel over recent months, although it added it expects nowhere near the 31.6 million passengers who flew during the 2019 Thanksgiving holiday travel period.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert and a voice of reason during the pandemic, said he will be following the CDC’s guidance, which he said was “to celebrate only with people in your own household.”  As a result, he and his wife will have Thanksgiving dinner alone at home and he will forego seeing his daughters.

“Please seriously consider decisions that you make,“ he said on the CBS news program “Face the Nation.”  “When you are eating or drinking, obviously, you have to take your mask off,” Dr. Fauci said, adding that “we know now that these are the kinds of situations that are leading to outbreaks.”

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