The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday recommended against traveling for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday as cases continue to surge nationwide. Officials said they are alarmed by the dramatic spread, with 1 million new cases reported in the past week.
Infectious-disease experts estimate that more than 3 million people in the United States are infected with the coronavirus, the equivalent of about 1 percent of the population or the total number of public school teachers in the country.
Americans are once again lining up for hours for coronavirus tests and waiting days to get the results. The situation is probably only going to worsen as people try to get tested ahead of Thanksgiving gatherings.
Dozens of public health experts signed a letter urging the Trump administration to work with President-elect Joe Biden on a transition of power, warning that his refusal “places American lives at risk.”
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) said he will not mandate face masks in his state despite the crisis. Responsibility for slowing the spread, he said, “comes to you — not government.”
All 1.1 million public school students in New York City will return to remote learning on Thursday. New restrictions have also been announced in Minnesota, Kentucky and Kansas.
Pfizer intends to seek emergency authorization for its experimental coronavirus vaccine within days, though widespread availability is not expected before next year.