El viaje de fin de semana de Acción de Gracias a punto de acercarse a los niveles anteriores al Covid

Se espera que los viajes de vacaciones de Acción de Gracias en los EE. UU. Alcancen niveles cercanos a los de la pandemia, con expertos de la industria que predicen que 53.4 millones de personas saldrán a la carretera durante el fin de semana largo, comparado con 47.1 millones en 2020, the largest year-on-year increase since 2005.

The travel boom comes amid rising Covid cases, as public health authorities fear another winter surge.

“This Thanksgiving, travel will look a lot different than last year," dicho Paula Twidale, senior vice-president with AAA Travel, adding that the increase was also fuelled by the recent easing of restrictions for international travelers who are fully vaccinated.

“Now that the borders are open and new health and safety guidelines are in place, travel is once again high on the list for Americans who are ready to reunite with their loved ones for the holiday,” Twidale said.

According to AAA Travel, 48.3 million were expected to drive, 4.2 million were expected to fly, y 1 million were expected to use other means of transit, such as busses, trains or cruises. En 2019, 56 million Americans traveled for Thanksgiving.

Transportation Security Administration datos show a large increase: 1,382,230 people went through TSA checkpoints on 25 noviembre, comparado con 560,902 en 2020 y 1,591,158 en 2019. El miércoles, the day before Thanksgiving – typically the busiest travel day each year – TSA screened 2,311,978 travelers, comparado con 1,070,967 en 2020 y 2,624,250 en 2019.

Travelers have said they are willing to endure clogged roads and congested airports if it means taking a long-awaited chance to see family, as many feel more secure visiting relatives after having received the coronavirus vaccine.

One traveler, Ashley Summerville of Baltimore, dijo the Washington Post she would put up with the “hot mess” of driving to Brooklyn, in New York, where she was due to see around 10 relatives, some of whom she had not seen in more than two years.

“We were all being very, very safe about Covid,” Summerville said of how her family spent 2020. “This year, we’re all vaccinated and excited to see each other … We miss each other.”

viernes, the day after Thanksgiving, also saw shoppers turn out to seek traditional bargains in a retail sector subject to shortages and staff problems made worse by the pandemic.

En una oracion, Marc Perrone, international president of UFCW, America’s largest retail union, called on shoppers to observe public health precautions meant to lessen the spread of Covid.

“We can all help keep each other safe and make a difference in the lives of others," él dijo, “especially frontline workers who have already sacrificed so much. This holiday season we’re asking every American, no matter where they call home, to shop safe and give thanks.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious disease doctor and chief White House medical adviser, prevenido earlier this week that there was not much time left to stave off a “dangerous” new surge of coronavirus cases over the holiday season.

New cases have started to rise in recent weeks. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data from 23 November indicated 100,636 new cases and a seven-day rolling average of 94,266.

“We still have about 60 million people in this country who are eligible to be vaccinated who have not been,” Fauci told CNN.

“That results in the dynamic of virus in the community that not only is dangerous and makes people who are unvaccinated vulnerable, but it also spills over into the vaccinated people.”

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