Americans almost entirely ignored appeals from public health officials to stay at home over the Thanksgiving holidays or risk a catastrophic increase in Covid-19 infections across the country, a report seen by the Associated Press shows, with vehicle travel on Thanksgiving just 5% lower than the same time in 2019.
Data shows many Americans travelled over the Thanksgiving period despite warnings from public health … [+] officials
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Vehicle travel, obtained from roadway data provided to AP by StreetLight Data, showed Americans travelled far less this November compared to the same period last year, with a 20% drop in those travelling by road.
This changed during the Thanksgiving period, however, with traffic bouncing back to just 5% lower than pre-pandemic levels, peaking on Thanksgiving Day.
The founder of StreetLight Data, Laura Schewel, said the data shows that “people were less willing to change their behavior than any other day during the pandemic.”