Members of President-elect Biden’s Coronavirus Task Force last Friday urged Americans to avoid traveling on Thanksgiving, saying it would only make the epidemic worse in the United States.
Dr. Celine Gounder, a member of the Biden Covid-19 advisory board, said in an interview: “Now we are in a raging fire. For me, traveling and spending time with people on holidays are like pouring gasoline on a fire.” At CNBC “Squawk Box”. “During the pandemic, this is not a good idea, especially at this juncture.”
According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, Gounder made the above comments after daily new cases hit a record high in the United States, with more than 150,000 new Covid cases reported on Thursday. CNBC’s analysis of Hopkins data shows that the current average number of new infections for seven days per day is 131,445, an increase of 32% from a week ago.
Public health officials and infectious disease experts worry about the next few months of the pandemic. In a recent interview, Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious disease expert at the University of Toronto, said in a recent interview that the approaching holidays put the country in a deadly winter and spring, because hospitalizations and deaths take longer than newly diagnosed infections. A few weeks later.
He said: “Thanksgiving, Diwali, Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s holidays are approaching, which creates the potential for countless super-spreading activities across the country.” “This has the potential to introduce and reintroduce the virus into new regions, and Further intensify community transmission.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned of the risks of celebrating Thanksgiving this year and said that small family gatherings, especially gatherings with people you don’t live with, are an important reason for the increase in Covid-19 cases. The agency says that virtual celebrations with others or celebrations with your own family have the lowest risk of spreading.
In New York, this situation is on the rise again, and Mayor Bill de Blasio urged all residents not to take back to the state for vacation, because doing so may cause the disease to break out again.
The nation’s leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fuchs, said last month that his children would not go home for Thanksgiving this year due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.
In an interview with CBS News on October 14th, he said: “Thanksgiving this year will be very different. I would love to spend it with my children, but my children are in the United States and three different states in the United States. In order for them to get here, all of them must go to the airport, fly and travel by public transportation.”
Gund also said on Friday that it will take some time for the vaccine to be widely distributed, requiring Americans to continue to wear masks, wash their hands and keep their distance from others.
She said: “These measures are actually still at the core of the response here.”
-CNBC’s Will Feuer contributed to this report.