As U.S. is seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases this month, soon after the Thanksgiving holidays were over, there is an increasing concern amongst the public health officials about the forthcoming spike that may result from Christmas this weekend.
Thanksgiving is over, but the aftereffects linger on. Sadly, all the warning alerts and recommendations against traveling this Thanksgiving fell on deaf ears. According to the Transportation Security Administration data, around 3 million travelers went through TSA checkpoints to celebrate the occasion with family and friends. And just as was expected, one million people tested positive for COVID-19 in the U.S. within one week after the holidays, further straining the already overwhelmed hospitals.
Now with Christmas upon us and Santa Claus is just about to knock on our doors, Americans who have recently witnessed a post-Thanksgiving surge are being warned again about the next possible surge after Christmas festivities kick in this weekend.
"What we expect, unfortunately, as we go for the next couple of weeks into December, is that we might see a surge superimposed on the surge we are already in"
— Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases