In many parts of the country, Covid-19 instances are soaring, and the Omicron form is spreading, making it difficult to schedule events such as schools, concerts, and sports leagues, among other things. A holiday weekend is just around the corner, and Americans are debating whether or not to adjust their travel or gathering plans to coincide with the occasion.
Mr. Farmer intends to visit his family in Minnesota later this month, which will be the first time in three years that he has seen them. However, he said that he was concerned about the prospect of making them ill, especially his pregnant sister.
According to the American Automobile Association, more than 109 million Americans are projected to travel between December 23 and January 2, representing a 34 percent increase over the same period last year. The number of airline passengers alone is expected to increase by 184 percent compared to the previous year.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s foremost infectious disease specialist, said on Sunday that it was safe for Americans to travel and congregate, but he highlighted the need of taking measures against the spread of illness.
Caiden Nason, a political campaigner in San Francisco, said he would be taking a flight to see relatives in rural California. “I’m becoming a bit anxious,” he said. “However, I was just tried today,” he said. My family, including my parents, will be evaluated as well. “I’m going to wear a second mask on the aircraft.”
Ms. Sally Avery, a former resident of Columbus, Ohio, and current resident of France, was in Cleveland to pay a visit to her daughter. It was because of the uncertainties around the Covid surge, she claims, that she had to depart early and miss the holidays with her kid. “I may stay here for a long time,” she warned at Hopkins International Airport in Cleveland if France went into lockdown. “And I can’t do that.”
It is still recommended that everyone be vaccinated before attending a big gathering with many generations of the same family, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C.) is urging individuals to consider getting an at-home quick test before attending indoor events.
It is customary for Eugene DeMarco’s family to gather together for the holidays, and this year would be no exception, according to the 35-year-old baker who operates a bread stand at the West Side Market in Cleveland.
“I’m not worried about it,” said J’Rycee Johnson, 20, who works for a T-shirt business in Baltimore and says he doesn’t have any big plans, but that nothing is going to change for him either. “I’m not worried about it,” he says of being concerned about the virus.
Mary Ann Johnson, 57, of Springfield, Mo., is looking forward to spending Christmas Eve with her family, despite the fact that she is aware that the Omicron variation is spreading rapidly around the country.
She is concerned about catching the virus from members of the general public or from clients at her place of employment, since she deals with people who have been arrested in connection with impaired driving (DUI). However, she said that she felt most at ease with her own family, which included “all three of my children, all five of my grandchildren, and two foster grandchildren.”
“Because my daughter-in-law has lupus, we have to be exceedingly careful with her,” Ms. Johnson said. “We all understand how we feel,” she said. That’s sufficient in the face of the virus.”