Omicron Variant Of COVID Complicating A Busy Holiday Travel Season – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – One in three Americans is expected to travel during the Christmas break. This has put some health officials on high alert as COVID cases rise across the country.
Cases in the United States hit dire milestones with more than 100,000 cases daily – the highest level in two months. Many blame the surge on Thanksgiving trips. TSA employees examined approximately 21 million people during Thanksgiving.
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The US has stricter rules for international travel that require a test 24 hours before your return flight instead of 72 hours.
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Dr. Baylor, Scott & White’s Jay Herd says it’s okay to meet up with loved ones for Christmas, but everyone should put safety first.
“We just have to be on the safe side, especially during this time when vacation meetings take place,” said Dr. Stove. “I would try to keep them small, I would try to afford enough space. If you can have them outside, then leave them outside. “
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This week the Texas Department of Health announced the first case of the Omicron variant in the state. Health experts say the best way to fight COVID is to get all doses of the vaccine and the booster.