A man in a COVID mask beside a family on thanksgiving

Thanksgiving, one of the US’ national holidays, is coming near, and like in the past years, a lot of people are traveling to celebrate it with families and friends. 

However, with the pandemic around, it spells an ominous post-thanksgiving situation for the country. 

The Transportation Security Administration reported it had screened more than 1 million travelers at US airports on Friday, per CNN. 

The act, which is typical in the past years, has become alarming for health experts who believe there would be a COVID-19 spike after the gatherings. 

Top US infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said on Sunday, he’s worried about people crowding inside US airports due to Thanksgiving travels. 

During a CBS interview, he said airports “are going to get us into even more trouble than we’re in right now.” 

Moreover, those cases won’t become evident until after a few weeks after thanksgiving, making it more challenging to contain the virus. 

Also, the country is already headed into the winter season, where experts worry the pandemic will become worse. 

The cold weather will force people to stay indoors, while families and friends would want to gather due to the holidays.

Those situations can increase the probability of getting the virus. 

Also, the flu season would increase the workload in the already overcrowded hospitals due to COVID-19 cases. 

As of the time of writing, the US already reported more than 12 million positive COVID-19 cases.

In addition, more than 250,000 have already perished due to it.

A family celebrating thanksgiving online

What the CDC Says

Traveling increases the chance of people contracting or spreading the COVID-19 virus. 

In fact, the CDC advised that for Thanksgiving, the best way to protect everyone is to stay at home. 

However, in case people still want to attend Thanksgiving, the CDC gave guidelines to lessen the chances of spreading the infection.

For example, limit the number of guests so people can still observe the six feet apart rule at all times. 

Another safety measure is to host the event outdoors and avoid direct contacts such as handshakes and hugs. 

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