Millions of US residents traveled ahead of Thanksgiving, which fell on Thursday, November 26 this year, to celebrate the holiday, despite rising deaths from COVID-19 and a record number of coronavirus-related hospitalizations.
The behavior of Americans, who did not want to heed the calls of the authorities to stay at home and, if possible, to minimize the celebration of Thanksgiving, heightened concerns among experts about a new wave of coronavirus infections and an increase in deaths from COVID-19 in December, which is the peak of the holiday in the United States. season. A sharp increase in morbidity usually leads to an increase in mortality with a delay of several weeks.
Already on Tuesday, on the eve of the holiday, when Americans began to actively move around the country, the daily number of people who became victims of COVID-19, for the first time since May, exceeded 2 thousand people. On Tuesday, another sad record was set – 87 thousand Americans were hospitalized in connection with complications caused by the coronavirus. In the past two weeks alone, 2.3 million US residents have been infected with COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as state and local governments, are urging citizens to stay at home and not gather crowds for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.
From 20 to 24 November, about a million people passed through checkpoints at American airports every day. This is 60% less compared to the same period in 2019, but is a record increase in passenger traffic since March, when the full-scale COVID-19 epidemic began in the United States.