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Traveled for Thanksgiving? You can help stem the expected COVID-19 surge

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) -- Across the country and right here in our area, health leaders are expecting a surge in COVID-19 cases in two to three weeks.

That's because millions of Americans disregarded advice about how to safely celebrate Thanksgiving.

They met with friends and family, ate together, which meant they weren't able to wear masks, and even traveled to be able to do it.

Coronavirus data has repeatedly shown nationally and here at thome, that about two weeks after a major holiday, like the Fourth of July, Memorial Day, and Halloween, the number of cases of COVID-19 has spiked.

Millions of Americans disregarded health leaders' advice about how to safely celebrate Thanksgiving.

But health experts say it's not too late to stem that surge by taking some precautions now that you're not with others or are back home, including reducing what you'd normally do for the first five days or so.

"Certainly if you develop symptoms after travel, we want you to get tested. Similarly, if somebody who you were with tests positive for COVID-19 then we'd like you to quarantine and seek testing about five days after the exposure," Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Matthew Sutter said.

While the number of cases will likely go up in the next two to three weeks, more deaths are expected to follow a few weeks after that.

By and then the country and the world will be into the winter holiday season, which could bring a repeat of the result of this Thanksgiving.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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