With millions of people already on the road or in the air traveling for Thanksgiving, experts say it’s guaranteed that the number of coronavirus cases will soon explode even more than it has already.
More than three million Americans have been infected with the virus since the beginning of the month, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University. The country is seeing record numbers of hospitalizations and averaging 1,500 deaths every day – the most in six months.
As COVID-19 cases soar, millions are sticking to their Thanksgiving travel plans despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urging them to stay home. Karyn Bryan was met by long lines in Los Angeles.
“There’s a lot more people here than I thought would be here,” Bryan said.
More than three million have been screened at Transportation Security Administration checkpoints since Friday. Sunday was the busiest day at airport checkpoints since March 16, and AAA expects up to 50 million Americans to travel.