The United States reported 2,046 deaths today, the highest number of coronavirus deaths in a day the country has reported since early May, data from Johns Hopkins University shows.
The country also hit a new record for daily hospitalization, with 89,954 people currently hospitalized for COVID-19, according to the Covid Tracking Project.
This is the 16th consecutive day the figure sets a record for the pandemic.
Video shot from the KTLA traffic helicopter in California shows traffic jammed for miles as people hit the highways for the national Thanksgiving holiday.
“I am concerned that the Thanksgiving surge is adding to what will become the Christmas surge, making it look like it wasn’t that bad,” said Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Diseases Research. and Politics at the University of Minnesota.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released a joint forecast that projects between 294,000 and 321,000 coronavirus deaths in the United States by Dec. 19.
“We have to understand that we are in a very dangerous place. People have to stop exchanging air,” said Dr. Osterholm.
Dr. Osterholm told CNN’s Jim Acosta today that Americans need to understand how dangerous the virus is and how much more dangerous it will become.
“We are going to see our hospitals literally on the brink of collapse,” he said.
Dr. Anthony Fauci told ABC’s “Good Morning America” Wednesday that his final plea leading up to Thanksgiving is to keep holiday gatherings indoors as small as possible.
“What we don’t want to see is another increase superimposed on the (current) increase … that we will realize three (to) three and a half weeks from now.”
Still, air travel is solid compared to the weeks before during the pandemic.