Despite the coronavirus pandemic the number of Americans who plan to travel for the upcoming Thanksgiving holidays is only around 10 percent lower than in 2019. This is according to an analysis by IHS Markit for AAA.
While only half of the usual volume of people are expected to board planes and even less are predicted to use buses, trains or go on cruises this Thanksgiving, Americans seem to feel more comfortable using cars during the pandemic. The volume of car travel – by far the most popular mode of travel for Thanksgiving - is only expected down 4.3 percent.
The results can also be read as Americans forgoing long-distance travel because of COVID-19 but are still keen to visit friends and family who live short or medium distances away. But despite a lot of concern about shared modes of travel and spreading the disease between states, Thanksgiving gatherings themselves carries an inherent risk of infection. Experts advise that people who do decide to meet keep gatherings small, keep a distance while meeting and to set up outdoors if possible. Older people and those with conditions making the virus more dangerous to them are obviously also more at risk.