Some 50 million Americans are expected to travel for Thanksgiving, according to one estimate — despite cautionary pleas from health officials as national COVID-19 infection rates surge.
The forecast from AAA and IHS Markit, who anticipate the millions of trips to occur over the five-day stretch from Wednesday, Nov. 25 to Sunday, Nov. 29, MarketWatch reported. The group estimated 55 million people traveled for the holiday in 2019.
Of those trips, 95 percent will likely be by car, while 2.4 million will be on airplanes — a sharp decline from 4.58 million plane trips last Thanksgiving.
The travel plans come despite warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which on Thursday urged Americans to stay home in order to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Hofstra University public health professor Anthony Santella said travelers should be most concerned about contracting the virus in airports and at their destinations rather than in transit.
“The risk is not the flight