Experts urged Americans not to travel to family Thanksgiving celebrations this week, despite millions willing to defy advice as the US crossed the threshold of more than 12 million cases of coronavirus.
ominous warnings came when Donald Trump apparently admitted the coronavirus is « running wild » in the US, contrary to his campaign statements that the virus is simply « disappearing » or « disappearing » and more recently « disappearing » « would. that the country « circles » the pandemic.
When the new Covid-19 infections in the USA 200. 000 a day, Trump tweeted Saturday night to insist that things were bad outside of the US as well, writing, “The fake news isn’t about the fact that ‘Covid’ is going wild all over the world , not just in the US. ”
On Sunday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the US’s leading infectious disease expert and senior public health officer on the Coronavirus Task Force at the White House, said the country is in a « very, very difficult situation at all levels » and infections are increasing dramatically.
He followed official advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) centers on Friday to Americans not to travel and meet with relatives and friends on Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day.
Fauci said that more than the risk of flying, there were many more airports that worried him.
« You are at a crowded airport, you are standing in line, not everyone is wearing masks. That puts you in danger … that will get us into even more trouble, « he said.
Up to 50 million people are expected to travel in various ways to celebrate Thanksgiving this week. This could lead to a renewed spike in infections, which will manifest itself a few weeks later and also threaten the Christmas holidays, Fauci warned.
Maryland Republican Governor Larry Hogan said « we are quite concerned » about Americans planning to defy the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advice to travel for Thanksgiving and themselves to assemble in uncertain circumstances.
« Family reunions are the number one broadcast event, » he said, warning that when such events occur, people lose their vigilance, do not wear masks properly, and violate social distancing rules.
The US has registered a million new cases of coronavirus weekly for the past two weeks and now has 12. 1 million cases and a number of 256. 000 fatalities, the highest number in the world as tracked by the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Research Center.
Fauci added that he understands that the public is tired of restrictions, staying away from others and reluctant to travel, but reiterating that mitigation measures like wearing masks, hand washing and social distancing are effective.
And restricting people to restaurants and avoiding or closing bars « can blunt the curve, » he said.
As Moncef Slaoui, chief scientific advisor to the government’s Operation Warp Speed development and distribution program, said Sunday, the first Americans will be vaccinated outside of clinical trials by December, when the first coronavirus vaccine is approved for use next month turns 11 or 12.
And if 70% of the US population can be vaccinated by May, that will be about when Americans could return to normal and leave the pandemic behind.
Fauci urged Americans not to travel and assemble and make sure they were taking the right action, saying, « If you can stay there, we can get out of here. ”
With successful vaccines in the wings, he said, “Help is on the way, so don’t see this as a hopeless situation. ”
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