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50 million people ignore advice, travel for holiday while thousands die from COVID-19

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More than 263,000 people in America have died from COVID-19. The CDC says that number could reach 321,000 the week before Christmas. Adriana Diaz reports.

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Millions of Americans travel for Thanksgiving, against advice of public health officials

Americans, millions of whom traveled against the advice of public health officials, tried to stay safe before they hunkered down with their families for Thanksgiving, a holiday remade by the pandemic as case numbers and death tolls rise.

Lily Roberts, 19, said she got tested for COVID-19 at San Francisco International Airport before driving home to Marin County in Northern California.

“I’m not worried about it because I’m not at risk,” Roberts said. “However, I do follow the rules and the precautions because of my parents. That’s why I’m getting tested because I do not want to bring it into my home.”

Thanksgiving travel traditionally comes with highs and lows but it’s even more fraught this year as travelers attempt to social distance while navigating crowds.

Lexi Cusano, 23, said Wednesday she encountered people standing too close in airport terminals, some not wearing masks or wearing them improperly, on her way from Miami to Hartford, Connecticut.

“It was just a little bit overwhelming and very shocking to me that people were just — you couldn’t move in a 6-foot radius without hitting someone or breathing in with a person next to you,” she said. “It was just a little bit crazy.”

She said travelers didn’t act any safer on the plane.

“People were just hanging out without their masks on,” said Cusano, who recently took a job in Miami. “I saw them walking back and forth from the bathroom, down the aisles, with no mask on, and I was like, this is a little bit ridiculous now.”

“You know, the main fear people have usually going on planes is: ‘Are we going to crash?’” she added. “But today, it was more like, ‘I’m breathing in the same air that’s been circulating in here and people are just being very irresponsible.’ So that was the main horror.”

Things appeared a bit cramped to Juan Mojuta who flew Wednesday night to Wilmington, North Carolina, from Arizona.

“The first flight was very claustrophobic,” Mojuta told WWAY-TV. “A lot of people. Very gathered. But the second flight wasn’t as bad.”

More than 12.7 million Americans have been diagnosed with the virus since the pandemic’s start earlier this year and deaths have topped 262,200, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Data shows the seven-day rolling average for daily new cases in the U.S. rose over the past two weeks from 127,487 on Nov. 11 to 175,809 on Thursday. The seven-day rolling average for daily new deaths rose from 1,044 to 1,658 over that time.

Millions of Americans took to the skies and the highways ahead of Thanksgiving, despite warning and pleas from elected and health officials in a number of states to stay home and keep holiday gatherings smaller than usual.

Cusano said she got tested at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut after landing and was told to expect results in two to three days.

Regardless of her test results, she said she plans to quarantine in Connecticut for a month or two to make sure

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Travel Insurance Sales Rocket As Americans Ignore COVID Advice for Thanksgiving

An unlikely boom is happening in the U.S. travel insurance industry as people seeking holiday cheer are paying against the odds to protect their Thanksgiving trips.

a person standing in front of a window: A warning for travelers flying during the pandemic is posted at O'Hare International Airport on November 24, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. Despite airports expecting fewer than half the number of travelers from last year's Thanksgiving holiday, this is still expected to be the busiest travel period since March when the COVID-19 pandemic became widespread in the United States.

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A warning for travelers flying during the pandemic is posted at O’Hare International Airport on November 24, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. Despite airports expecting fewer than half the number of travelers from last year’s Thanksgiving holiday, this is still expected to be the busiest travel period since March when the COVID-19 pandemic became widespread in the United States.

Data from insurance comparison website Squaremouth published by Reuters showed a 170 percent jump, compared with the same period in 2019, in the number of insurance plans bought for U.S. domestic Thanksgiving trips.


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Although overall numbers of travelers were down by around half from a year ago, in excess of 3 million people passed through U.S. airports over the weekend.

Squaremouth said the number of people seeking cover had increased 26 percent on last year.

The volume of people travellng runs at odds with advice from public health professionals. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious diseases expert, told CBS News that people traveling for the holidays “are going to get us into even more trouble than we’re in right now”.

The U.S. has hit almost 13 million coronavirus cases to date, and with a second wave threatening to overwhelm health services, daily death tolls have hit their highest levels since early May.

The Squaremouth data, which is based on all travel insurance policies purchased on its website between March 12 and November 9, said among those searching for cover, 40 percent of all Thanksgiving travelers specifically looked for COVID-19 cover. In previous years primary concerns were weather and financial defaults.

The data comes alongside a poll showing that people living in states which voted for President Donald Trump in the election are on average more likely to dismiss COVD-19 guidelines and celebrate Thanksgiving with people from outside their households, according to a survey.

A poll conducted by data and survey firm Dynata at the request of The New York Times found that Louisiana and Oklahoma are the top two states where people said they intend on mixing households over the holiday period, with 35 percent stating they will. South Carolina was third on 34 percent.

The results found that the entire top 10 states in which people are more likely to eat Thanksgiving dinner with those outside their own household all voted for Trump. Alabama, Tennessee, and Indiana are fourth, fifth and sixth respectively, followed by Iowa, Missouri, North Carolina and Kansas.

Although worrying in terms of public health, greater willingness to travel could be a bright spot for one sector. The numbers suggest a change in mood in the travel market, as widespread lockdowns have caused a dearth in demand for both domestic flights and foreign holidays.

Data released this week by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) shows the airlines sector has suffered a $118 billion net

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CDC’s last-minute advice on Thanksgiving travel: Don’t do it

With Thanksgiving a week away, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans to skip holiday travel this year.

The recommendation released Thursday by the CDC was a break from earlier messaging in which U.S. officials have largely declined to issue firm guidance for holiday gatherings, leaving it to American families to decide for themselves whether to risk infection at group events with the COVID-19 pandemic still raging.

The agency’s website suggests that virtual Thanksgivings pose the lowest risk, and that smaller, shorter and outdoor gatherings all help reduce the danger of viral transmission.

“The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is at home with the people in your household,” said Erin Sauber-Schatz, who leads the CDC’s Community Intervention and Critical Population Task Force, at a briefing with reporters.

The agency now projects a grim increase in deaths due to the virus over the next four weeks, with 7,300 to 16,000 new deaths likely to be reported in the week ending Dec. 12.

Thanksgiving is the one national holiday when Americans traditionally take a breather and get together with family. Convincing 300 million people to break with that ritual is proving to be a hard sell, especially with inconsistent messages from the nation’s leaders.

The Trump administration has sent mixed signals. The White House announced Tuesday that President Trump would remain in Washington for Thanksgiving, instead of traveling to his Palm Beach, Fla., resort, Mar-a-Lago, his usual holiday destination. Officials didn’t say why he changed his plans. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Wednesday urged Americans to celebrate only with their immediate household — a warning that Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have not given.

“Gathering indoors with people who aren’t members of your household is a high-risk activity for spreading the virus,” Azar said, after previously stopping short of such a warning.

That cautionary tone, though, comes after many Americans have already made their plans and are preparing to travel. Entering the U.S. holiday season, the nation is experiencing its worst surge of the coronavirus yet. Cases are spiking nationally to record levels. The U.S. recorded 148,000 new cases on Tuesday after hitting a record daily total of 190,000 on Friday. U.S. deaths from the coronavirus have surpassed 250,000, including 1,425 on Tuesday. Hospitalizations are at a record level.

Those numbers are likely to get worse. The virus spreads easily indoors, particularly when people are eating and talking, while sitting close together and not wearing masks. And contact tracing efforts are increasingly finding clusters of infections linked to small, private social gatherings, as opposed to the super-spreader events of earlier in the pandemic.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance on Thursday, recommending that Americans limit in-person contact and not travel during the Thanksgiving period.

The website advises that virtual Thanksgivings pose the lowest risk, and that smaller, shorter and outdoor gatherings all help to reduce the danger of transmission.

Even Anthony Fauci, the influential director of the National Institute of

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Gov. Murphy’s New Coronavirus Advice To NJ: Don’t Travel

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy has simple advice now that the coronavirus crisis has gotten worse in New Jersey and elsewhere lately.

Just don’t travel.

Murphy gave the advice as he addressed the coronavirus crisis during a news conference on Monday, saying New Jersey’s daily cases topped 1,000 for the second day in a row.

That’s the first time that’s happened since May.

New Jersey expanded its travel advisory list to its biggest ever last week, strongly recommending that anyone traveling to 38 states and territories should quarantine for up to 14 days. Read more: NJ Expands Coronavirus Travel Quarantine List To Biggest Ever

But now it looks like it may not be that safe to travel even in New Jersey, too.

State health officials say the rise in cases show that “community spread” is back in the Garden State, so there is no county that’s safe from the virus. Read more: NJ Tops 1K Daily COVID-19 Cases Again But No Reopening ‘Reversal’

And, yes, the Garden State would qualify for its own travel advisory based on New Jersey’s metrics.

States on New Jersey’s own travel advisory list have either shown:

  • an average daily number of cases higher than 10 per 100,000 over a seven-day period

  • a positivity rate of 10 percent or higher over seven days.

Indeed, with the holidays approaching, two states put New Jersey on their travel quarantine lists.

Advisories for Massachusetts and New Hampshire now include New Jersey, which reported 1,192 new coronavirus cases at Monday’s conference. Massachusetts and New Hampshire advise travelers to self-quarantine for 14 days when visiting or returning to those respective states.

In Massachusetts, that’s not a recommendation. Quarantine violators in the Bay State face fines up to $500.

New Jersey coordinates its travel advisory with New York and Connecticut and announces updates each Tuesday. It was not immediately clear how recent developments may affect the advisory.

“We’re still actively coordinating with New York and Connecticut on a whole range of things,” Murphy said.

“My takeaway is a simple two-part takeaway. number one, my advice is not to travel, frankly, regardless of where you’re going,” he added. “And number two, we’re going to focus on getting our numbers down.”

Previously, the Garden State hadn’t reported three straight days of 900 new cases or more since late May. But New Jersey has exceeded 900 cases six of the past seven days.

Murphy said last week that now is the time to think about Thanksgiving travel and the holiday season.

“We do not want a Thanksgiving dinner to turn tragic because someone unwittingly exposed a large number of their family members to the coronavirus,” Murphy said.

State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli added additional guidance:

  • Hosting activities with only people from your local area

  • Limiting the number of attendees as much as possible

  • Hosting outdoor gatherings as much as possible

  • Staying at least six feet apart, wearing masks and practicing frequent hand washing

  • Providing or encouraging other attendees to bring supplies such

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Advice On Gatherings, Travel Quarantines

MARYLAND — As Maryland’s positivity rate for the coronavirus hovers around 3 percent with more than 134,000 total cases, health experts have offered guidance for those looking forward to holiday celebrations: It’s not a good idea.

In an interview on Wednesday with CBS Evening News’ Norah O’Donnell, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases based in Maryland, raised concerns about the virus spreading in the fall. He said people should be careful “about social gatherings, particularly when members of the family might be at a risk because of their age or their underlying condition.”

That includes holiday gatherings like Thanksgiving, which is right around the corner.

“You may have to bite the bullet and sacrifice that social gathering unless you’re pretty certain that the people that you’re dealing with are not infected,” Fauci said.

The Maryland Department of Health MDH in late July issued a public health advisory for out-of-state travel. Under the advisory, Marylanders are strongly advised against traveling to states with positivity rates of 10 percent or higher. Anyone traveling from these states should get tested and self-quarantine while awaiting results.

The public health advisory applies to personal, family, or business travel of any kind.

The Centers for Disease Control urged residents to avoid large gatherings and typical Thanksgiving celebrations in favor of smaller dinners and virtual gatherings.

Holiday travel isn’t advised because it poses a higher risk of spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. Staying home is best, the experts said.


If you do travel, the CDC wants people to be aware of the risks.

High-risk activities include:

  • Going shopping in crowded stores just before, on or after Thanksgiving.

  • Participating in or being a spectator at a crowded race.

  • Attending large indoor gatherings with people from outside of your household.

Moderate-risk activities

  • Having a small outdoor dinner with family and friends who live in your community. You can lower your risk by following CDC’s recommendations on hosting gatherings or cook-outs.

  • Visiting pumpkin patches or orchards where people use hand sanitizer before touching pumpkins or picking apples, wearing masks is encouraged or enforced, and people are able to maintain social distancing.

  • Attending a small outdoor sports events with safety precautions in place.

Lower-risk activities

  • Having a small dinner with only people who live in your household

  • Preparing traditional family recipes for family and neighbors, especially those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and delivering them in a way that doesn’t involve contact with others

  • Having a virtual dinner and sharing recipes with friends and family

  • Shopping online rather than in person on the day after Thanksgiving or the next Monday

  • Watching sports events, parades, and movies from home

Travel risks:

  • Consider the mode of transportation. “Traveling by plane, train or bus can mean standing in lines and sitting less than 6 feet from people for long periods of time.”

  • If you’re traveling by car and must stop for gas, food or bathroom breaks, decrease your risk by consistently wearing

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