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 FauciSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as White House continues to push vaccination effort Biden confronts limits of big government with COVID-19 Watch live: White House holds briefing with COVID-19 response team 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 BirxTulane adds Hunter Biden as guest speaker on media polarization The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Supreme Court announces unanimous rulings The Memo: The mystery of post-presidency Trump 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 TrumpThe Memo: The Obamas unbound, on race Iran says onus is on US to rejoin nuclear deal on third anniversary of withdrawal Assaults on Roe v Wade increasing 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 OssoffThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden launches blitz for jobs plan with 'thank you, Georgia' Biden marks 100th day plugging jobs plan in Georgia Georgia Republican secretary of state hits Loeffler as 'weak,' 'fake Trumper' MORE of Georgia; Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntBiden to meet with GOP senators amid infrastructure push Republicans embrace Trump in effort to reclaim Senate GOP attorneys general group in turmoil after Jan. 6 Trump rally MORE, R-Mo.; Reps.-elect Nicole Malliotakis, R-N.Y., and Nancy MaceNancy MaceJoe Cunningham to enter race for South Carolina governor Republicans race for distance from 'America First Caucus' Eric Bolling rules out congressional bid MORE, R-S.C.

"Fox News Sunday" — Gov. Asa HutchinsonAsa HutchinsonGenetic material from 1993 killing revealed years after another man executed for crime, groups say Arkansas governor allows bill targeting critical race theory in state agencies to become law Pennsylvania gov says he'll veto ban on transgender athletes in women's sports MORE (R-AR); Gov. Phil Murphy (D-NJ); Dr. Jerome AdamsJerome AdamsOvernight Health Care: US joins 13 countries in raising 'concerns' with data in WHO team's virus report | COVID-19's fourth wave is hitting the US hard | American satisfaction with vaccine rollout surges to 68 percent: poll Former Surgeon General defends Birx after CNN interview Feehery: The top 15 dumb ideas since we took 15 days to stop the spread MORE, United States Surgeon General

Fox News's "Sunday Morning Futures" — Trump; Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerGeorgia Republican secretary of state hits Loeffler as 'weak,' 'fake Trumper' Loeffler asks Georgia attorney general to investigate Raffensperger over 2020 election Former Rep. Doug Collins won't enter Georgia Senate race 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