Transcript for By the Numbers: The post-Thanksgiving COVID surge
As millions of Americans traveled for the Christmas holiday amid the pandemic we have some sobering new data on the potential impact of travel on the spread of the virus after Thanksgiving. Let's take a look but the numbers. An ABC news investigation looking at travel from twenty of the nation's largest counties shows a dramatic spike in cold infections in the weeks after significant Thanksgiving travel. Overall eighteen of those counties saw increases following Thanksgiving where many may have gathered with family and friends. In the counties with the highest numbers of people who traveled more than 500 miles. There was an average of an additional 407 infections per day up 36%. Job. In Los Angeles county the number of Kobe nineteen cases per day grew 79 point 5%. In the week after Thanksgiving. Dallas County Texas 61%. Increase after Thanksgiving going from 924. New daily cases to nearly 15100. Nationally since late November of the seven day average of new cases has increased by 32%. When twelve days this month so far recording and daily caseload. A over 200000. And with five million people passing through TSA checkpoints in the last five days experts say those case numbers are likely to get worse following December holiday travel.
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