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Majority of Americans plan to spend Thanksgiving with people outside their homes

The vast majority of Americans plan to spend the Thanksgiving holidays with people outside their immediate homes, an Ipsos / Axios survey released Tuesday found.

Overall, 67% of Americans plan to see people outside their immediate homes for Thanksgiving, regardless of their immunization status or that of others, which is a change from last year as officials health officials have warned Americans against large gatherings.

This year, less than a third consider large gatherings a moderate or significant risk, indicating that concerns about the Chinese coronavirus are diminishing, as that figure rose to 64% last year.

According to the survey:

  • Almost one in three (30%) who plan to see friends or family outside of their home sees someone who is not vaccinated during Thanksgiving. Another in five (20%) will be with someone considered to be at high risk of contracting COVID-19.
  • The gathering with an unvaccinated person increases to 56% in the unvaccinated, against 22% in the vaccinated.
  • Regardless of vaccination status, similar shares will have dinner with someone at high risk.

The investigation coincides with last week’s update from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which said it expects air travel during the holidays to rebound, approaching levels before the pandemic. The federal agency estimates “about 20 million passengers during the Thanksgiving holidays”, against 9.5 million the previous year.

When asked in October to provide vacation guidelines, Dr Anthony Fauci said fully vaccinated Americans should take advantage of the upcoming holidays and took the opportunity to vehemently push vaccinations across the board.

“When you do that [get vaccinated], there’s no reason you can’t enjoy a family vacation, as we’ve always traditionally done, ”he told ABC’s Martha Raddatz at the time.

However, last week, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases suggested that individuals, even vaccinated, should wear a mask in assembly places if they are among the unvaccinated.

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