Americans Reconsider Thanksgiving Travel Plans As Coronavirus Surges

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A spike in coronavirus cases has many people rethinking Thanksgiving travel plans. After air travel ticked up last month, bookings are now down. It seems like fewer people will hit the road, too.

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Stay home for the holiday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made that strong recommendation today to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. While a traveler would face fewer traffic jams and less crowded airports this Thanksgiving, a huge spike in coronavirus cases has already caused many people to toss their holiday plans, as NPR’s David Schaper reports.
DAVID SCHAPER, BYLINE: It’s usually a pretty simple decision. Aleta Nissen and her husband, Dave, and their 14-year-old daughter pack up the car and drive from their home in Bend, Ore., 3 1/2 hours south to Dave’s mother’s house. But this year…
ALETA NISSEN: We’ve been back and forth for about a month deciding whether it’s really doable.
SCHAPER: On the one hand, it’s a trip the Nissens take every year. And with the rapid spread of the coronavirus…
NISSEN: I’m more of the mind let’s skip. Let’s skip this year. You know, it’s one year.
SCHAPER: But on the other hand, it’s been a rough year …

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