Over the next two weeks, the United States would typically see the highest amount of flying and travel that it sees for most of the year. With people nationwide using the Thanksgiving holiday as an opportunity to gather with family, it is no surprise. Despite warnings and recommendations against flying as a mode of transport, over one million Americans flew out from airports this past Friday. Even though this is not nearly the normal amount, it still gives great concern to many who are hoping to keep a rising third wave of Coronavirus cases under control.
As of this past week, the CDC made strong recommendations against traveling for Thanksgiving this year, and if travel was a must, to take a car. However, Friday saw over 1 million individuals screened before flights, and Saturday saw nearly another million. This is concerning, given the almost 200,000 new Coronavirus cases that arose those days in the United States.
The reason this gives concern is not only the infection risks posed by flying, but carriers coming from various areas, who do not know they have COVID-19, and infect friends and family, some of which will travel back to their own homes. Overall, this could present a very dangerous situation for many communities that have struggled to keep the spike of cases down.
For those who are traveling for the holidays, the main concern should not be on the flight or drive itself. Even the CDC has admitted that their concern is not about the travel. Airlines have been following strict sanitation guidelines when cleaning planes between flights, and have made wearing a mask mandatory for all travelers. The real concern comes from the interaction of large families during Thanksgiving itself. If even one member at the table has Coronavirus, stuffing and mashed potatoes are not the only things that will be passed around the dinner table.
With the symptoms of Coronavirus taking up to fourteen days to make themselves evident — not to mention the confusion with flu-like illnesses that are typically prevalent during this time of year — the risk is higher than usual. This time delay could mean that those infected go about their normal activities for weeks without knowing they’re infected. In all things, the more caution you take during this Thanksgiving season, the more you show care for others around you.