COVID-19 spike could lead to ‘viral tsunami’ after holidays, expert says

Experts are worried about what could happen to the United States in the coming weeks because of recent holiday travel, saying a “viral tsunami” is on the way, according to CBS News.

What’s going on?

The Transportation Security Administration said it screened 1,128,773 people on the day after Christmas, which is about half of the number of people screened on the same day in 2019, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.

  • The number is 62,000 less than the people screened on Dec. 23, which was the most of the pandemic so far.

What comes next:

Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, an epidemiologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, said there likely won’t be an end to the recent surge of cases, according to CBS News.

  • “I think we’re now in a viral tsunami,” he said. “It just keeps coming. It’s inundating.”

Kim-Farley said there could be a surge on top of a surge of COVID-19 cases.

  • “Your hospitals become overloaded, your intensive care unit beds become unavailable.”

Warnings for weeks

For weeks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended people stay home during the Christmas season, avoiding holiday travel at all costs.

  • “The safest way to celebrate winter holidays is at home with the people who live with you. Travel and gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase your chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu.”