Two days ago 1.3 million Americans traveled through US airport security checkpoints, according to the Transportation Security Administration, the highest single day tally of travelers since the COVID-19 pandemic began in the country last March.

The impact of Christmas and New Year’s celebrations and travel has yet to be fully seen, but many states are preparing for a surge of infections while trying to simultaneously obtain and distribute the first doses of two approved COVID-19 vaccines.

In hard-hit areas, including Southern California, the Emergency Medical Services Agency is telling paramedics to conserve oxygen because of a shortage and to not bring patients with little chance of survival into hospitals. California has suffered waves of increased COVID-19 infections and is under strict stay-at-home orders, but officials expect an impending post-holiday surge.

 

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