If travel records are any indication, Dr. Anthony Fauci’s recommendations to skip Thanksgiving family gatherings this year are going unheeded by millions of Americans.
More than three million travelers were screened by the Transportation Security Administration over the weekend, the Washington Examiner reported.
Americans defy Fauci’s pleas to skip Thanksgiving
According to the TSA, the agency screened 1,019,836 people on Friday, 984,369 on Saturday, and 1,047,934 on Sunday.
This weekend saw only the second and third times that travelers surpassed 1 million since March, when the far-reaching disruptions of the pandemic first landed in America. The first time was in October.
Last year, an average 2,355,435 people went through TSA during the same three-day period.
This comes despite an advisory last week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to avoid holiday travel and similar warnings from Fauci about a coronavirus surge.
“More than 1 million COVID-19 cases were reported in the United States over the last 7 days,” the CDC said. “As cases continue to increase rapidly across the United States, the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people you live with.”
Warnings pale amid hypocrisy
Dr. Fauci has called on Americans to consider canceling their holiday plans, but his pleas may be falling on deaf ears thanks in part to lockdown fatigue and the public hypocrisy of many officials who are pushing coronavirus restrictions.
Of course, many feel that the bonds of love, family, and tradition are just too important to set aside.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently came under fire for group dining at a high-end restaurant, while New York’s governor Cuomo “canceled” plans to see his mother on Thanksgiving after public backlash, given his own calls for New Yorkers to skip the holiday.
Nevertheless, Fauci has called on Americans to weigh a “risk/benefit ratio” before deciding to dine with family this year, and he criticized scenes of Americans traveling through airports. “You see the clips on TV, people at airports,” Fauci said. “I mean, those are the things we’ve got to realize are going to get us into more trouble than we’re in right now.”
“And when we’re eating and drinking, obviously, you have to take your mask off,” Fauci said. “We know now that those are the kind of situations that are leading to outbreaks.”