“What we have seen is that we have surges after people start traveling, we saw it after July 4, we saw it after Labor Day, we saw it after the Christmas holidays,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said last week in response to a question from CNN’s Kaitlan Collins during a Covid-19 briefing.
Walensky said because 90% of people remain unvaccinated, the CDC will wait to update guidance.
A dubious milestone
That’s a positive sign for battered airlines, but it’s also an incredibly low hurdle to clear. The increase is still a heavily depressed level — about half the air traffic from pre-pandemic 2019.