More South Dakotans Choosing Not to Travel This Thanksgiving

Grant Boone
November 24, 2020

The surge comes despite Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance advising against Thanksgiving travel because of mounting covid-19 cases across the nation.

Although not as many Americans are expected to travel for Thanksgiving as usual, 56% of Americans are intending on traveling according to data from Tripadvisor.

Last week, the CDC advised Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving, and instead opt for virtual Thanksgiving gatherings, or limit celebrations to those within the same household.

Those numbers are significantly lower than a year ago (On November 22, 2019, more than 2.3 million travelers passed through airport security, according to TSA), but they mark a record high for airline travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

That has further taxed already exhausted medical professionals, as coronavirus hospitalizations have surged almost 50% over the past two weeks and the United States has surpassed 255,000 deaths and 12 million infections since the pandemic began.

"AAA anticipates at least a 10% drop in travel - the largest one-year decrease since the Great Recession in 2008", the firm said last week in its annual national survey. The head of the USA campaign to rapidly deploy a vaccine said the first Americans could start receiving vaccinations as early as mid-December, and another global drug company on Monday unveiled promising trial results on a vaccine candidate. The British maker of a third vaccine, AstraZeneca, announced Monday its candidate has proven 90% effective without serious side effects, and that 700 million doses could be ready globally by late in the first quarter of 2021.

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Still, many Americans are refusing to follow the health advice that could save their lives. He will bring pies for dessert.

"We are not living in fear and if we were able to get together on Thanksgiving Day we absolutely would", said Lafferty, 47. "Thanksgiving is Thanksgiving. Christmas is Christmas".

"I didn't know it'd be this long", said Jack, a 21-year-old student who showed up to the urgent care clinic at 11 a.m. - wearing shorts and flip flops. Prior to any hotel stay, call ahead to ensure your hotel is open and ask what precautions it is taking and what requirements are in place to protect guests.

"Airlines, which have already received billions in government bailouts, should provide passengers cash refunds when they are spending the holiday without both family and economic certainty", Mr. Markey said in an email to the AP.

"I'm trying very hard to comply with the regulations because I want this country to get back to where it belongs", Hope said.

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