Experts urged Americans not to travel to family gatherings on Thanksgiving this week, even though millions were set to defy the council as the United States crossed the threshold of more than 12 million. Cases of coronavirus.
Evil warnings came when Donald Trump apparently admitted that the coronavirus was “running wild” across the United States, contrary to his statements throughout the election campaign that the virus would simply “disappear”
As new Covid-19 infections in the US approached 200,000 a day, Trump tweeted on Saturday night to insist that things were bad outside the US as well, writing: “The fake news does not say that ‘Covid’ is running wild all over the world, not just in the United States. ”
On Sunday, dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading expert on infectious diseases in the United States and the top public health official in the White House coronavirus taskforce, said the country was in “a very, very difficult situation at all levels” with infections rising dramatically.
He followed official government advice Friday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to Americans not to travel and gather with relatives and friends on the Thanksgiving holiday next Thursday.
Fauci said that more than the risk of flying in itself, it was busy airports that made him more worried.
“You are in a crowded airport, you are standing in line, not everyone is wearing masks. It puts you in danger … that’s what’s causing us even more problems, ”he said.
Fauci warned of “seemingly innocent gatherings” indoors with family and friends.
As many as 50 million people are expected to travel in various ways this week to celebrate Thanksgiving and possibly produce a new wave of infections that will also manifest themselves a few weeks later and threaten the Christmas holidays, Fauci warned.
Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said “we are pretty concerned” about Americans planning to defy advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and travel to Thanksgiving and gather under uncertain circumstances.
“Family gathering is the first broadcast event,” he said, warning that people failed at such events, without wearing masks properly and breaking the rules of social distance
The United States has registered one million new cases of coronavirus per week in the last two weeks and now has 12.1 million. Cases and a death toll of 256,000, the highest number in the world, are tracked by the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Research Center.
Fauci added that he understood that the public was tired of restrictions, stayed away from others and held back on the journey, but he reiterated that mitigation measures such as mask-wearing, hand washing and social distance are effective.
And restricting people in restaurants and avoiding or closing bars “can dull the curve,” he said.
As Moncef Slaoui, chief scientific adviser to the government’s Operation Warp Speed vaccine development and distribution program, said Sunday that if the first coronavirus vaccine is approved for use next month, the first non-clinical trials will be vaccinated by Dec. 11 or 12. .
And if 70% of the U.S. population can be vaccinated in May, that was about the time Americans could return to normal and put the pandemic behind it.
Fauci urged Americans not to get up and gather and make sure they took the right measures and said, “If you can hang in there, we can get out of this.”
With successful vaccines in his wings, he said, “Help is on the way, so don’t look at this as a hopeless situation.”