The Center For Disease Control (CDC) has warned all Americans to stay home for New Year’s Eve and avoid traveling.
“The Winter Holidays and New Year’s Eve are times when many people travel long distances to celebrate with family and friends. Travel increases the chance of getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19,” reads the statement from the CDC. “Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others.”
So far the warning for the most part has seemed to fallen on deaf ears in the U.S. as nearly 10 million people have flown in the last 10 days alone.
The Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci stated that the U.S. is at a critical point and that travel over the holidays could already be leading to America’s deadliest days of the pandemic yet.
All of the warnings come as the United States counts down to New Years Eve. The CDC is asking the public to ‘avoid large gatherings’ and ‘celebrate at home’ for New Years.
If Americans must travel for the New Year, the CDC has set out guidelines to help protect travelers from contracting and spreading Covid-19 including staying 6 feet from those around you at the airport and always wearing a mask.
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2021 Could Start With A Surge Upon Surge of Infections In The U.S.
Dr. Anthony Fauci is warning that things could get even worse in the coming weeks.
“As we get into the next few weeks, it might actually get worse,” Fauci said. “We very well might see a post-seasonal, in the sense of a Christmas and New Year’s surge, and as I’ve described it, as a surge upon a surge.”
As of Sunday morning, more than 19 million Americans have been infected with COVID-19 and more than 332,000 people have died.
Over the past week, the United States saw an average of 189,578 new cases per day and 2,250 deaths daily.
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