48 million Americans expected to travel for Thanksgiving despite rising COVID-19 cases

DALLAS — Determined to reclaim Thanksgiving traditions interrupted by last year’s pandemic, millions of Americans will load up their cars or board planes to reunite with friends and family.

The number of air travelers this week is expected to approach or even exceed pre-pandemic levels, and auto club AAA predicts 48.3 million people will travel at least 50 miles from home during the holiday season, an increase of nearly 4 million from last year. despite significantly higher petrol prices.

Many feel encouraged by the fact that nearly 200 million Americans are now fully vaccinated. But it also means brushing aside concerns about a virus resurgence at a time when the US now averages nearly 100,000 new infections per day and hospitals in Michigan, Minnesota, Colorado and Arizona are seeing alarming increases in patient numbers.

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