Sunday shows preview: US health officials brace for post-holiday COVID-19 surge

Sunday shows preview: US health officials brace for post-holiday COVID-19 surge
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U.S. health officials are bracing for a post-holiday surge in COVID-19 cases, and the topic is expected to dominate this weekend's Sunday talk shows. 

The nation surpassed 13 million coronavirus infections on Friday, just six days after the country passed 12 million infections on Nov. 21.

The nation also reached a high of over 90,000 current hospitalizations, breaking the record for the 17th day in a row. 

The rapid increase in infections come as experts warn of more spikes heading into the winter months, forcing Americans to spend more time indoors where the virus can spread easier. The surge in cases also arrived just before the holiday season, when Americans travel and host large indoor gatherings in their homes. 

Health officials and state leaders this week warned Americans not to gather outside of their immediate households and have advised against travel for the Thanksgiving Holiday. 

Anthony FauciAnthony FauciCOVID-19 is a precursor for infectious disease outbreaks on a warming planet Sunday shows - Capital locked down ahead of Biden's inauguration Fauci: Approval of AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines likely 'weeks away' MORE, who is scheduled to appear on ABC’s “This Week,” told PBS earlier this week that he was concerned for the immediate future as Americans traveled for the holiday saying that larger gatherings could lead to increased exposure and more surges. 

"When you leave a location, have to go to an airport or wherever it is, a train station, et cetera, the possibility of exposing yourself, and then going home to your home community for a wonderful traditional Thanksgiving holiday, might actually, unfortunately, be a source of an even amplification of the surge," Fauci told PBS's Judy Woodruff. 

White House coronavirus task force coordinator Deborah BirxDeborah BirxWhite House wishes Birx well after she announces retirement Birx says she will help Biden team but plans to retire Birx traveled over Thanksgiving weekend after warning Americans to limit celebrations to household MORE, who will appear on CBS’s "Face The Nation", said earlier this month that Americans “needs to be vigilant in this moment because we know when you are we can mitigate this virus and stop the spread together.” 

Earlier in the month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning telling Americans to avoid travel for the holiday, citing an "exponential growth" in COVID-19 cases across the country.

But despite these warnings, the number of Americans who traveled the day before Thanksgiving reached its highest peak since March, when the pandemic first hit U.S. shores. Nearly 1.1 million people traveled on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. 

In his Thanksgiving proclamation issued Wednesday, President TrumpDonald TrumpIran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries Pardon-seekers have paid Trump allies tens of thousands to lobby president: NYT MORE called on Americans to gather “in homes and places of worship” for the holiday, contradicting the advice of public health experts. The president is expected to appear on Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures.” 


Below is the full list of guests scheduled to appear on this week’s Sunday talk shows: 

ABC’sThis Week” — Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; William McRaven, retired U.S. Navy admiral who directed the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

NBC’sMeet the Press” — Fauci; retired Adm. Michael Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

CBS’s Face the Nation” — Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force; Dee Margo, mayor of El Paso, Texas; Mike Duggan, mayor of Detroit; David Beasley, executive director of the World Food Program; Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America.

CNN’sState of the Union” — Adm. Brett Giroir, the Health and Human Services Department official overseeing the nation’s coronavirus testing; Democratic Senate candidate Jon OssoffJon OssoffDaily Beast reporter discusses prospects for K stimulus checks Democrats see Georgia as model for success across South Georgia state senators who backed attempts to overturn presidential election stripped of committee assignments MORE of Georgia; Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntUS Chamber of Commerce to stop supporting some lawmakers following the Capitol riots Senate to be briefed on inauguration security after Capitol attack This week: Democrats barrel toward Trump impeachment after Capitol attack MORE, R-Mo.; Reps.-elect Nicole Malliotakis, R-N.Y., and Nancy Mace, R-S.C.

"Fox News Sunday" — Gov. Asa HutchinsonAsa HutchinsonSunday shows - Capital locked down ahead of Biden's inauguration Arkansas governor: Intelligence on state capitol protests 'not to the level that I'm bringing out the National Guard' Sunday shows preview: Washington prepares for an inauguration and impeachment; coronavirus surges across the US MORE (R-AR); Gov. Phil Murphy (D-NJ); Dr. Jerome AdamsJerome AdamsNebraska governor wrong on immigrant vaccinations State and federal officials wrestle over vaccine rollout, delays Overnight Health Care: Frustration builds over slow pace of vaccine rollout | Surgeon general tells states not to let priority guidelines slow vaccinations | COVID-19 test used by Congress could give false results, FDA warns MORE, United States Surgeon General

Fox News's "Sunday Morning Futures" — Trump; Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerNikki Haley unveils PAC ahead of possible 2024 White House bid McConnell has said he thinks Trump committed impeachable offenses: report Top Republican congressional aide resigns, rips GOP lawmakers who objected to Biden win MORE (R-GA), Senate Joint Economic Committee; Ken Starr, FOX News Contributor

"America This Week" with Eric Bolling — Brett Favre, Hall Of Fame NFL Quarterback