He wrote, "Crowds at Sky Harbor: The day after the CDC recommended people cancel their Thanksgiving travel plans, AZ Family viewer Ed Westerfield caught this scene of passengers waiting at their gates". This compares with the 8 days it took to get from 10 million cases to 11 million, and the 10 days it took to get from 9 million to 10 million.
On Friday, 1,019,836 passengers flew in the USA, 1.5 million less than on the same day in 2019, according to daily figures from the Transportation Security Administration. That is only the second time the agency has screened more than 1 million people since the pandemic started, she said.
Across the United States, the daily death toll linked to Covid-19 has passed 2,000 for the first time since May.
Health officials have warned that the burgeoning wave of infections could soon overwhelm the health care system if people do not follow public health guidance, particularly around not traveling and mingling with other households for Thursday's traditional Thanksgiving celebration. Lines for TSA checkpoints and kiosks at Chicago O'Hare airport were also long on Friday and "reminiscent of pre-pandemic times". Last year, an estimated 26 million people passed through the country's airports in the week surrounding the holiday.
A case study from Thailand documented that among more than 1,000 persons interviewed as part of contact tracing investigations, those who reported having "always worn a mask during high-risk exposures experienced a greater than 70% reduced risk of acquiring infection compared with persons who did not wear masks under these circumstances", said the CDC.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising air travelers get tested before and after flights to help stop the spread of the coronavirus ahead of the holiday travel season.