Washington: US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci on Sunday warned that the country could see “surge upon surge” of coronavirus cases in the coming weeks, after millions returned home following the Thanksgiving holiday.
Dr Fauci said it was still “not too late” for those yet to travel to help curb the virus by wearing masks and following social distancing norms, the BBC reported.
The US which has been the worst affected country from the COVID-19 pandemic has so far recorded more than 13 million cases and more than 266,000 people have died.
By Sunday, the number of COVID-19 cases recorded in November have surpassed four million, double the figure recorded in October.
Thanksgiving typically heralds the busiest week for travel in the US. Last year, an estimated 26 million people passed through the country’s airports in the week surrounding the holiday.
Health experts had called for people to spend Thanksgiving at home, but this week US airports marked their busiest period since mid-March.
More than 800,000 to one million travellers passed through US airport on any day during the past week, according to Transport Security Administration statistics.
“There is almost certainly going to be an uptick because of what has happened with the travel,” Mr Fauci said.