Dr. Fauci says too many people traveled during the Thanksgiving holiday

Dec 06, 2020 Impacting Travel

Dr. Fauci says too many people traveled during the Thanksgiving holiday

America’s most famous doctor right now, Dr. Anthony Fauci, is warning the public that the surge in COVID-19 cases will only get worse after the Thanksgiving trip last week.

Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been the leading expert and the public ‘face’ of the pandemic since the coronavirus struck earlier this year. On Monday, he spoke with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and said the country is not in a good place right now, with positive test cases averaging more than 100,000 a day since Nov. 3.


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“Because of the travel and the people who congregate to eat, et cetera, you don’t see any difference for one day, two, three, five days,” he said. “You’ll see the difference in two or three weeks, which would fix it by the time people would travel for Christmas.

Fauci stressed that people should still follow the Centers for Disease Control’s suggestions for mitigating the virus through wearing masks, social distancing, avoiding crowds, engaging in activities outdoors rather than indoors, and washing hands hands.

With at least two vaccines on the way from Pfizer and Moderna that could begin shipping starting this month, Fauci warned that it could still be well into spring and summer before everyone can get vaccinated, and urged people to maintain their guard up.

“We have it in our power to get through this until we finally get a vaccine,” Fauci said. “Infection in the community is now driven by people who have no symptoms, because about 40 to 45 percent of infected people have no symptoms. We know that a substantial proportion of people who become infected are infected by someone who does not even know they are infected. “