Many of us are tired of hearing about COVID and would like to be able to see friends, travel, and gather. Some of us have already been doing that. After vaccines were introduced, there was a short time in summer when we thought we were out of the woods, and then the Delta variant hit. Lately, cases have been going down slightly locally, but there are still hospitalizations and some deaths in Alameda County.
Next week is the beginning of the Thanksgiving holiday, and then winter holidays. Data across the country shows that COVID cases are already on the rise—and a potential winter surge could come due to traveling and holiday gatherings.
According to a recent NPR article, the increase has already started in half of the states:
Most of the increase is happening in the Midwest and Northeast states. However, many local Bay Area folks may travel to these states during the holidays.