Covid-19 Cases Spike During the Holiday Season


Sasha Plotniak

It’s been a month since Halloween and two weeks since Thanksgiving, and the United States has seen record-breaking COVID-19 spikes from the two holidays. 

Before Halloween, there were 40,000 to 80,000 positive cases per day, but as people started attending Halloween parties and celebrations, we have had more cases than ever. Exactly two weeks after Halloween, there were 181,593 people testing positive in a single day. At the time, we thought that was going to be the worst of it. Now, after people have traveled for Thanksgiving and crowded in stores for Black Friday, we are seeing more cases than before. In December, we have seen as many as 231,181 cases in one day. 

The combination of the colder weather and large gatherings has played a huge part in the rise of cases. It is expected that there will be another huge spike after Christmas, as people will continue to ignore the CDC’s guidelines and travel for the holidays.