Dr Fauci warns of ‘surge in Covid cases’ post Thanksgiving

Dr Fauci warns of 'surge in Covid cases' post Thanksgiving
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Daily US Times: Dr Anthony Fauci has warned that the United States could see “surge upon surge” of coronavirus cases in the coming weeks. Millions of people in the US are returning home following the Thanksgiving holiday.

Speaking on Sunday, the nation’s top infectious disease expert said it was “not too late” for those yet to travel to help curb the virus by wearing masks and socially distancing.

The US has recorded more than 266,000 deaths and more than 13 million coronavirus cases, far more than any other country.

As of Sunday, the number of Covid-19 infections recorded in November have surpassed four million, double the figure recorded in October.

In the US, thanksgiving typically heralds the busiest week for travel. An estimated 26 million people passed through the country’s airports last year in the week surrounding the holiday.

Health experts had repeatedly called for people to spend Thanksgiving holiday at home however this week, airports in the US marked their busiest period since mid-March.

According to Transport Security Administration statistics, anywhere from 800,000 to more than one million travellers passed through US airport checkpoints on any day during the past week.

Mr Fauci told CNN’s State of the Union: “There is almost certainly going to be an uptick because of what has happened with the travel.”

In another television appearance, the virus expert recommended Thanksgiving travellers to quarantine for a period of time “if it’s possible”.

White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr Deborah Birx echoed Mr Fauci’s concerns, telling CBS News that people who have travelled for the Thanksgiving holiday should avoid seeing people over the age of 65.

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