Health Highlights, Dec. 4, 2020

Below are newsworthy items compiled by HealthDay staff.


Many Americans Traveled for Thanksgiving Despite Warnings

The COVID-19 pandemic did little to dissuade Americans from traveling for Thanksgiving, data show.

Compared to last year, road traffic in early November was as much as 20% lower, but increased around the holiday and peaked on Thanksgiving Day at only 5% less than in 2019, showed an analysis by StreetLight Data provided to the Associated Press.

Air travel during Thanksgiving was much lower than last year, but airports had some of their busiest days of the pandemic.

More than 1 million passengers were screened on four separate days during the Thanksgiving travel period, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

Since March, there has been only one other day -- Oct. 18 -- when more than a million passengers were screened in one day, the AP reported.


Baby Girl Born From Embryo Frozen for 27 Years

A baby girl born in Tennessee from a 27-year frozen embryo broke the record for the longest-frozen embryo to result in a live birth, which was held by her older sister, Emma.

Molly Gibson was 6 pounds, 13 ounces when she was born in October to Tina Gibson and her husband, Ben, The New York Times reported.

Molly's birth was the result of an embryo being frozen in October 1992 and thawed in February 2020. Both she and Emma, who was born in 2017, came from embryos donated by the same couple in 1992.

The Gibsons decided to use donated embryos because Ben has cystic fibrosis and Tina is a carrier, and they feared passing the disease on to their children, the Times reported.


Biden to Ask Americans to Wear Masks for 100 Days

One of Joe Biden's first acts as U.S. president will be to ask Americans to wear masks for 100 days.

He told CNN' that he would make the request on Inauguration Day, the Associated Press reported.

"On the first day I'm inaugurated, I'm going to ask the public for 100 days to mask. Just 100 days to mask — not forever, just 100 days. And I think we'll see a significant reduction" in the virus, Biden said.

Biden has often said that mask-wearing is a "patriotic duty" and had floated the idea of a nationwide mandate, but decided that would be too difficult to enforce, the AP reported.


No Full Sports Stadiums Before Summer: Fauci

Don't expect to see full sports stadiums in the United States before next summer, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday.

"We're gonna be vaccinating the highest priority people [from] the end of December through January, February, March," said Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. "By the time you get to the general public, the people who'll be going to the basketball games, who don't have any underlying conditions, that's gonna be starting the end of April, May, June," he told Yahoo Sports, CNN reported.

"So, it probably will be well into the end of the summer before you can really feel comfortable [with full sports stadiums] -- if a lot of people get vaccinated. I don't think we're going to be that normal in July. I think it probably would be by the end of the summer," Fauci said.

He said the chances of having full NBA arenas in July during the league's finals will be "cutting it close," but it's "possible" there will be full NFL stadiums in September, CNN reported.

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