Holiday travel continues in Milwaukee despite warnings from CDC

Posted at 5:56 AM, Nov 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-24 08:51:05-05

With the coronavirus cases still on the rise, doctors and health officials continue to urge people to avoid traveling this holiday season.

But as Thanksgiving nears, the number of people ignoring those warnings continues to grow.

People were seen moving through Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport Tuesday ahead of the holiday.

The state of Wisconsin reports more than 74,000 active cases of coronavirus right now. Nearly 2,000 people are in the hospital with the virus.

Despite those numbers, the TSA says this past weekend was the busiest weekend for airports since the pandemic began.

Nationwide, more than 3 million people have gone through checkpoints over the past few days.

And, the auto group AAA estimates about a million people are estimated to be on the move from Wisconsin this year, down from last year, but still against what doctors and health officials are recommending.

The CDC continues to issue guidance, asking Americans to consider gathering virtually or only with people from your own household -- which in some cases could include family members, and in other cases could mean celebrating with non-family members, such as roommates.

The CDC says people who are coming together from different households, even college students returning home from campus, pose a risk of spreading the coronavirus.

I've talked with travelers here at the airport this morning... Here's how they're feeling about traveling during the pandemic.

"I’m concerned, but I’m not afraid," said Byron Fied, a traveler at Milwaukee Mitchell.

"As long as we are wearing our mask everywhere we go, and hand sanitizing, it's the same. Nothing has really changed, let's put it that way," said Shauna Starr, another traveler.

The CDC says if you're on the move, wear a mask, stay socially distanced, and wash your hands frequently.

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