COVID-19: Thanksgiving Could Accelerate the Spread of the Virus in the US

In the United States, the country most affected by the coronavirus in the world, traveling to celebrate Thanksgiving could have the dramatic effect of accelerating the spread of the virus, warned Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, reminding the impact of family gatherings could have on the resurgence of the epidemic. This sounds like a warning to the planet a few weeks before Christmas and the New Year holidays.

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The United States is about to suffer the consequences of a Thanksgiving holiday marked by the movement of millions of Americans across the country, which is expected to lead to an increase in Covid-19 cases when the country is already experiencing a peak in hospital admissions. After a weekend of festivities, “we will see a new outbreak added in addition to the current outbreak of coronavirus infections,” warned Dr. Anthony Fauci, on Sunday.

Things will get  worse in the coming weeks

At least 1.1 million people flew on the day before Thanksgiving, a record number since the pandemic began in March, according to the TSA. “I want to make it clear to the Americans that the situation will worsen in the coming weeks,” said U.S. Chief of Staff Jerome Adams.

After the long Memorial Day weekend at the end of May, an increase in new infections has already been recorded in several states.  “We are preparing for this outbreak after Thanksgiving, with three, four, ten times as many people” warned Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Crisis Unit. Hospitalizations caused by Covid-19 are skyrocketing in the country, with more than 90,000 people currently hospitalized, Birx said.

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The United States is the country most affected by the novel coronavirus in the world, with more than 266,000 deaths, counted 13.3 million cases on Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University. In this context, Dr. Fauci said he would not consider relaxing his recommendations before Christmas.

In some states, such as California, new restrictions were even imposed in response to the spike in cases: In San Francisco, curfews were imposed, and Los Angeles banned most public and private meetings starting Monday. “Close the bars and keep the schools open,” Fauci emphasized. The mayor of New York seemed to follow his advice to reopen schools on Monday that had been closed since November 18, a step that sparked a controversial debate.

There really is a light at the end of the tunnel

However, the immunologist tried to reassure his fellow citizens that a vaccine would be available as early as December for those most at risk of developing a serious form of the disease. “There really is a light at the end of the tunnel,” he said.

A huge logistics operation was set up to transport the Pfizer vaccine which is 95% effective against the virus and could be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shortly after December 10.

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