The United States lost 15,000 people to COVID-19 last week, the deadliest seven days since April, and health officials warn that the worst is yet to come.
The Christmas holiday season could pose more risks than the Thanksgiving holiday in terms of the virus spreading, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s top infectious disease expert.
Christmas “extends that vulnerable period by two to three times,” Fauci said in remarks made at the Milken Institute’s Future of Health summit.
Thanksgiving travel and gatherings last only for a couple of days, while Christmas events may start from late December through New Year events.
As many testing centers reopened after Thanksgiving, the number of new coronavirus cases rose 19 percent to 1.4 million in the week ending December 6, according to Reuters.
Across the United States, 10.5 percent of tests came back positive for the virus, up from 9.8 percent the prior week.