The United States set a new pandemic record for air travel during the New Year’s holiday break, prompting worries from officials that COVID-19 cases will soon surge.
What’s going on?
The Transportation Security Administration. revealed that 1,192,881 people passed through security checkpoints in airports on Saturday, which is a record high for the pandemic.
- On Sunday, there were 1,327,289 travelers passed through checkpoints. One year ago — before the pandemic — there were 2,422,272 travelers. This means more than half of last year’s total traveled as a novel coronavirus continues to surge throughout the country.
Travel dipped during the pandemic and remains low compared to previous years. However, there has been a jump during the winter holiday months because of Thanksgiving and Christmas.
What it means:
- “This is what happens. It’s terrible, it’s unfortunate, but it was predictable,” he said.
- “What we do now matters,” he said. “If you gathered over the holidays outside of your household without a mask, there are still measures you can take right now.”
- “You still can self-quarantine. You still can get tested, knowing that greater than 50% of the spread now is among people who are asymptomatic,” he added.