People look on as they visit a shopping street ahead of Christmas amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Rome, Italy, November 30, 2020. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

If you traveled for Thanksgiving, you should assume you came back carrying the coronavirus in addition to a few more pounds and a new feud with Aunt Karen. You should not only get tested, said Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, but wear a mask at all times, even indoors around other family members.  

“We know people may have made mistakes over the Thanksgiving time period,” Birx said in an interview with “Face the Nation.” “If you’re young and you gathered, you need to be tested about five to 10 days later. But you need to assume that you’re infected and not go near your grandparents and aunts and others without a mask.”

Nearly 1.2 million people passed through U.S. airports Sunday, the largest number since March, despite pleas from health experts to stay home. Health experts now worry that the cases will rise in the same way they did after Memorial Day, which triggered a second wave of the virus. But now there’s “three, four and 10 times as much disease across the country,” Birx said. “So that’s what worries the most.”

More than 13 million Americans have been infected with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, and more than 266,000 are dead, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University. The good news is vaccines may be available before Christmas, as a third company, the U.S. firm Moderna, reported full results of more than 94 percent effective and filed Monday for emergency authorization from the Food and Drug Administration, joining Pfizer and German company BioNTech.

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

Americans face new COVID-19 restrictions after Thanksgiving – Associated Press – 11/30/2020
Americans returning home from Thanksgiving break faced strict new coronavirus measures around the country Monday as health officials brace for a disastrous worsening of the nationwide surge because of holiday gatherings over the long weekend.

Cardi B Gets Hit With Thanksgiving Backlash After Throwing Party – Mitu – 11/30/2020
Cardi B responded to backlash Sunday over her Thanksgiving celebrations where she appeared to host a large gathering amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The 28-year-old rapper tweeted, “12 kids and 25 adults over the holidays. It was lit !!”

The Long Darkness Before Dawn – New York Times – 11/30/2020
Each week, good news about vaccines or antibody treatments surfaces, offering hope that an end to the pandemic is at hand. And yet this holiday season presents a grim reckoning. 

Americans face new coronavirus restrictions after Thanksgiving – Fox News – 11/30/2020
Rhode Island’s hospitals reached their COVID-19 capacity on Monday, the same day the state’s two-week pause took effect. Under restrictions announced by Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo, some businesses will be required to shut down, while others are restricted. Residents are also asked to limit their social circles to people in their own household.

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