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US airport traffic rising despite holiday travel warnings

Virus Outbreak Holiday Travel
Virus Outbreak Holiday Travel
Posted at 1:08 PM, Dec 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-20 16:08:37-05

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — More than 1 million people have passed through U.S. airport security checkpoints in each of the past two days in a sign that public health pleas to avoid holiday travel are being ignored.

It marks the first time U.S. airports have screened more than 1 million passengers since Nov. 29. That came at the end of a Thanksgiving weekend that saw far more travel around the country than had been hoped as coronavirus cases began to spike again.

Now, the big fear is the pandemic will get even worse if people don't stay at home. Hospitals in many areas are being overwhelmed amid the largest outbreak of COVID-19 in the U.S. since March.