The COVID-19 pandemic has so far killed more than 255,000 people in the United States and the recent escalation has prompted more than 20 states to impose sweeping new restrictions this month to curb the pandemic.
There have been more than 1 million new cases reported in the United States in the last 7 days and 141,000 new cases were reported on Thursday alone.
Despite a record number of new Covid cases and the Centers for Disease Control recommending against traveling for Thanksgiving, Friday was the second busiest day at U.S. airports since the pandemic brought air travel to a near halt in March. "It's a recommendation", said Dr Henry Walke, the CDC's Covid-19 incident manager, on Thursday.
Meanwhile, many Americans are still expected to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, despite warnings from health officials. They been pushing DOT, HHS and DHS to develop state-level and global protocols for replacing quarantines and other travel restrictions with pre-flight testing but, so far, plans to establish safe travel corridors between the US and some worldwide destinations have stalled. And across the country, the number of Covid-19 related deaths per day has exceeded 2,000 for the first time since May.
Traveling may still be crowded during the holidays this year.
At a press briefing on Friday, the nation's top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci likened Pfizer's vaccine and others like it to "cavalry" coming to the country's aid, and he said Americans should meanwhile continue to follow measures such as social distancing and the use of face masks. Keep your test results with you when you travel.