Charlotte-Douglas airport officials said Sunday was one of the busiest travel days not only during the Thanksgiving holiday, but since the Coronavirus pandemic started back in March.
A total of 22,000 passengers made their way through the Queen City Sunday. It was about 5,000 more than the reported 17,000 people flying out on both Tuesday and Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving. These numbers don’t include the “tens of thousands” of people flying through the airport with connecting flights.
Now there are fears people who’ve ignored warnings on traveling or gathering in larger groups will become sick over the coming weeks. So much so, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is asking those people who flew to get tested for COVID-19 three to five days afterwards and isolate themselves from others for a full seven days, even if there is a negative test.
If you choose not to get tested, the CDC said you should stay home for 14 full days.
“What we expect, unfortunately, as we go for the next couple of weeks into December is that we might see a surge superimposed on the surge we are already in,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s leading infectious disease expert, said on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday.
Another grim milestone for U.S. with 13.4 million people testing positive for COVID-19 and more than 267,000 of those have died. One in every 1,000 people in the nation has died from the Coronavirus.
Texas leads the country with 1.25 million cases, which represents four percent of the state’s general population.
The amount of Coronavirus cases has climbed higher in North Carolina with several days of record highs in the past two weeks. As of Nov. 30, Over 362,000 people have contracted the virus and 5,279 people have died in the Tar Heel State since March.