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Post-Holidays Covid-19 Case Surge a Concern Following Travel

The worst is yet to come in the battle against Covid-19 -- this is what health leaders are warning-- with fears there will be a surge of cases post Christmas and New Years.

Posted: Dec 28, 2020 6:34 PM
Updated: Dec 28, 2020 7:45 PM

It may still be a little too early to tell if Christmas travel will cause an uptick in Covid-19 cases, but with 85M people traveling around the country for the holiday, including 7M flyers, even with safety precautions -- it’s hard to socially distance sometimes at congested airports.

"If we cough -- sometimes we can't wash our hands as soon as we want too or need to before you open a door,” said Evansville resident Kimberly McCoy.

Now the big concern is that a surge upon a surge could be created from households mixing together over the holidays -- putting pressure on an already overwhelmed system -- with roughly 200,000 new cases each day and 2,000 new deaths.

"That's quite distressing obviously -- we know that puts persons at increased risk,” said Dr. Gina Huhnke, the director of Emergency Medicine at Deaconess. “Not just the persons who are traveling, but persons at their destinations as well -- so we are still encouraging everyone to maintain that social distance.”

Due to the incubation time for the Coronavirus, it may be a few weeks before we see a surge in cases.

And health leaders hope to use monoclonal antibody treatment to help slow down that spread.

"I think that's helping to level off our Thanksgiving surge," said Dr. Gina Huhnke. "And I think it will help us with our Christmas and New Year's Eve surge as well."

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