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Key phrases: Individuals put together to journey once more for Christmas, whereas hospitals put together for "dangerous outcomes" after Thanksgiving

Hospitals are waiting for the post-Thanksgiving wave – and the Christmas party is just around the corner.

"After an event, we expect an increase in new cases in one to two weeks, an increase in hospital stays from two to three weeks, and an increase in poor results from four to six weeks," said Dr. Thomas Russo chief of infectious diseases at Buffalo University, WGRZ 2 told Television News over the weekend.

The U.S. set a record for COVID-19-related hospitalizations this month with 100,100 patients, and the number of people in intensive care units with the virus topped 20,000. For example, in South Dakota, Dr. David Basel, Vice President for Clinical Quality at the Avera Medical Group, one of the largest hospital systems in the state, said the intensive care units were full or overloaded.

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"We expect an increase in new cases in one to two weeks, an increase in hospital stays from two to three weeks, and an increase in poor results from four to six weeks."

– Dr. Thomas Russo, chief of infectious diseases at Buffalo University

Cindy Friedman, director of travel health for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stated in a briefing: “We know it's a tough decision and that people need time to prepare to talk to family and friends lead and make those decisions. ”

"It's good that people have options to prevent infection and they can take their time now before the Christmas holidays," she said. "We have several weeks to really think about the safest option for you and your family, which we believe is to postpone the trip. We then outlined all the other actions you can take if you need to travel. "

Here are tips for those who want to travel

One of the risk factors to consider before attending a gathering is whether COVID-19 is spreading throughout the community. Exposure while traveling; the place and duration of the meeting and whether it is indoors; the number of participants and the ability to physically distance themselves; and the preventive behavior of the participants before and during the meeting, e.g. B. wearing masks.

The WHO estimates that 16% of people are asymptomatic and can transmit the coronavirus, and recommends wearing masks. According to Johns Hopkins University, 67.2 million people worldwide were infected with COVID-19 as of Monday, with 1,538,533 deaths, 14.8 million cases in the US and 282,436 deaths.

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The U.S. set a record for COVID-19-related hospital stays over 20,000 this month with over 100,000 coronavirus-related patients and intensive care units.

Transportation Security Administration data showed that 3 million travelers passed TSA checkpoints over the weekend, the most since March 16, even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asked people not to travel to see family and visiting friends to try to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Despite health officials' recommendations against travel, AAA, formerly known as the American Automobile Association, estimated in mid-October that 50 million people did not plan to heed this advice during the Thanksgiving vacation travel season, which lasts five days starting Wednesday. November 25th to Sunday November 29th. That was a decrease from 55 million last year; An estimated 95% traveled by car. AAA used economic forecasts from the insights company IHS Markit.

One million people tested positive for COVID-19 over a six-day period in the United States in mid-November. According to Dakota James, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Iowa are the U.S. states per capita. COVID-19-related hospital stays are at their highest level since the pandemic began as some states tighten restrictions.

"People should be very careful and circumspect at social gatherings," said Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, who worked with six presidential administrations.

“You may have to bite the bullet and sacrifice social gatherings unless you are fairly certain that the people you deal with are not infected, have recently been tested, or are leading a lifestyle in which they are no one have any interaction with anyone but you and your family, ”he said.

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and Oxford University said their coronavirus vaccine is up to 90% effective when given as a half dose and a full dose a month later. The effectiveness drops to 62% when two full doses are given one month apart.

It was later found that the initial half dose, which the company considered the more effective option than two full doses, was accidentally given to participants. They were also 55 or younger. This age group was not originally disclosed when AstraZeneca said the half and full dosages were more effective. The company defended these flaws and the apparent lack of transparency.

"I'm not going to pretend it's not an interesting result because it is – but I definitely don't get it and I don't think any of us are," said Mene Pangalos, executive vice president of research and development, biopharmaceuticals at AstraZeneca.

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and Pfizer
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announced progress on a vaccine and later said final analysis showed 95% effectiveness instead of 90%. Meanwhile Moderna
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said his vaccine candidate was 94.5% effective.

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are also working on rapid coronavirus vaccines. Moderna, Sanofi and AztraZeneca's vaccines do not need to be kept at extremely low temperatures.

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Recently, 30,000 messages were posted about vaccines and progress in changing power to President-elect Joe Biden. The DJIA and the S&P 500 Index
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was marginally higher, driven by reports of a possible compromise between lawmakers on both sides of the political corridor on a new COVID-related stimulus package.

Fauci has expressed optimism that the vaccine news could mean millions of Americans will have access to a vaccine by the end of the year, but reiterated that it is unlikely to see adoption to the wider population – beyond staff at the forefront Front like medical workers, school teachers, and people with underlying health conditions and the elderly at risk – through the second quarter.

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