(FiveNation.com)- Much to the disappointment of Dr. Anthony Fauci and the World Health Organization, most Americans spent the weekend enjoying Christmas with family.
According to TSA figures, Christmas eve air travel skyrocketed 166 percent compared to last year. 1.7 million Americans boarded flights on Christmas eve. The day before 2.2 million took off for the holiday weekend.
While the volume of travelers is still down 24 percent from pre-pandemic levels, it is clear that the American people are done with COVID panic.
This will be bad news for WHO director-general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Last week Tedros told reporters in Geneva that the quickest way to “get back to normal” is for people to cancel Christmas plans this year.
Tedros suggested that it was better to “cancel now and celebrate later” than follow through with your holiday plans now and “grieve later.”
This has always been a pandemic of fear. And when the people stop being afraid, the pandemic is over.
The fact is, air travel may have been even bigger this year had airlines not canceled over seven hundred flights nationwide due to staffing shortages in the days leading up to Christmas.
Interestingly, Tedros felt it necessary to urge people to cancel Christmas plans when he made no warnings for other religious holidays like the Muslim’s Eid or the Hindu’s Diwali.
Interesting, but not surprising.
The World Health Organization also used the occasion of Christmas to urge people to get vaccinated. Like the Biden administration, the WHO instructed people to wear a mask and social distance while spending time with family at Christmas.
Dr. Margaret Harris, a spokeswoman for the WHO, also encouraged people to consider asking potential holiday guests for proof of vaccination.
Yes, that will put everybody in the holiday spirit.
Tedros told reporters that the pandemic would end by 2023 if 70 percent of the population gets vaccinated by mid-2022. At the same time, Tedros admitted that vaccinated individuals are “more likely” to be infected or re-infected by the Omicron variant.