A health worker checks on a ventilator for a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas, on Nov. 29, 2020. Texas has reported more than 1.2 million coronavirus caes and over 21,800 deaths.
The top U.S. infectious disease expert says the country may see a "surge upon a surge" of the coronavirus in the weeks after Thanksgiving.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CBS's "This Week" on Sunday that the level of infection there would not "all of a sudden turn around."
Between 800,000 to more than 1 million travelers made their way through American airport checkpoints on any given day during the past week, according to data from the Transportation Security Administration.
Fauci made similar remarks on NBC's "Meet the Press," where he urged Americans to avoid large social gatherings.
"If we could hang together as a country and do these kinds of things to blunt these surges until we get a substantial proportion of the population vaccinated, we can get through this. There really is light at the end of the tunnel."
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