Data shows Americans couldn’t resist Thanksgiving travel

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      Ohio Barbarian
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      SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Americans couldn’t resist the urge to gather for Thanksgiving, driving only slightly less than a year ago and largely ignoring the pleas of public health experts, who begged them to forgo holiday travel to help contain the coronavirus pandemic, data from roadways and airports shows.

      The nation’s unwillingness to tamp down on travel offered a warning in advance of Christmas and New Year’s as virus deaths and hospitalizations hit new highs a week after Thanksgiving. U.S. deaths from the outbreak eclipsed 3,100 on Thursday, obliterating the single-day record set last spring.

      Vehicle travel in early November was as much as 20% lower than a year earlier, but it surged around the holiday and peaked on Thanksgiving Day at only about 5% less than the pandemic-free period in 2019, according to StreetLight Data, which provided an analysis to The Associated Press.

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      Airports also saw some of their busiest days of the pandemic, though air travel was much lower than last year. The Transportation Security Administration screened more than 1 million passengers on four separate days during the Thanksgiving travel period. Since the pandemic gutted travel in March, there has been only one other day when the number of travelers topped 1 million — Oct. 18.

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      I guess I’m not surprised, but even my mostly Republican extended family all stayed home this Thanksgiving. I was hoping that was a sign. Wrong. 

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

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    • #383262
      So Far From Heaven
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      my friend.

      There are just as many idiots in any party, percentage wise.

      Literal stupid fucking idiots.

      Mark my words, (I professed a huge increase when winter began months and months ago and I was right) and I bet the period between Turkey day and two weeks after New Years to be exceptionally high in cases and deaths. Care to bet?

      Stupid is as stupid does.

      By the way, video conferencing with ones doctors actually works. Had my first yesterday. Cardiologist.

    • #383277
      Hobbit709
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      Canada and Mexico.

      I don't waste my time teaching pigs to sing.

    • #383291
      jerry611
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      And Tulsi tweets support for the SCOTUS ruling that struck down COVID restrictions on churches

      It isn’t just Republicans…

    • #383292
      Ohio Barbarian
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      Perhaps I should have said that my extended family, which had missed a big Turkey Day reunion just once before in 50 years, stayed home out of an abundance of caution.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      Show me a man that gets rich by being a politician, and I'll show you a crook.--Harry Truman

      • #383667
        KenTankerous
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        That’s the most disappointing thing I’ve ever heard of of her mouth.

        Tragic. Oh well…..

        "If we define an American fascist as one who in case of conflict puts money and power ahead of human beings, then there are undoubtedly several million fascists in the United States."
        - Henry A. Wallace
        (FDR's Vice President until he was forced out by the corrupt forces of obscene wealth.)

    • #383293
      incognito
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      I would be so ashamed to be a part of that group – knowing the surge that’s coming.

      I don’t know how people live with themselves. Or how they so easily disregard 300,000 deaths that THEY are adding to that number.

    • #383488
      David the Gnome
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      @voltairine

      Really?  That’s where you are going with this?

      It was -recommended- that people avoid thanksgiving gatherings.  No one passed legislation telling them that they couldn’t have them.  Even if they had – that might have been a good measure to take in this case.  They didn’t though, in any event.  The recommendation and knowledge of case numbers would, in any sane place, have kept a lot more people home/avoiding large gatherings during the holiday.  As it didn’t – as quite a lot of people went out for Thanksgiving with their large family/friend gatherings, a lot more people are going to get covid.  A lot more people are going to end up in the hospital.  Considerably more people are going to die.

      So, not sure how the heck you get fascism from that.  While I DO believe the Government has been increasingly fascist over the years, this really does not pertain to it.  One of these things… is not like the other…

      Fascism: often capitalized <strong class=”mw_t_bc”>: a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition
      In general, our government could be described as fascist in many regards.  Not in this one.  This is an example of people being stupid – and taking advantage of their constitutional right to be so.  No one stopped them – and perhaps we should have, but we didn’t.  So that’s that.  I don’t know where you are from, but over 2500 a day are dying here in America… because even more people are being stupid.
    • #383522
      Fasttense
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      We didn’t eat we didn’t touch. My daughter couldn’t/wouldn’t fly-in cross country through 2 different airports. The rest of my rather conservative family also kind of played it safe. When I suggested my niece get tested and quarantined for a week before coming here….I never heard from her again.

      So, I thought most Americans were doing what my family was doing.

      But Nope. They were all busy spreading a virus in a casual, selfish and risky way. I suspect deniers use getting together with family as an excuse to pass around the virus trying to make a point about its nonexistence. They seem to forget that it almost killed the president and even got Rand Paul sick.

      And @mizzgrizz is so right about how childish these people in pandemic denial really are. Not all RepubliCONS and Libertarians are pandemic deniers but alot of pandemic deniers are RepubliCONS and Libertarians.

       

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      Jan Boehmerman
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      … showing up with a spike of new Covid infections.

      Today I was listening to the emergency service scanner and ambulance runs on Covid positive patients needing hospitalization is sky rocketing!

    • #383635
      eridani
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      First time in 35 years that we haven’t visited with my husband’s relatives on a major holiday.

      Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

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