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Sunday shows - Health officials warn pandemic is 'going to get worse'

Health officials continued their pleas to the public to adhere to health safety measures such as mask wearing and social distancing while warning during appearances on Sunday political talk shows that holiday Thanksgiving travel would lead to further upticks in COVID-19 cases.

The guests expressed worry about infections rising in coming weeks if people don't adhere to guidelines such as avoiding gathering in indoor spaces.

Read The Hill's complete coverage below.

Fauci: There will 'almost certainly' be an uptick in COVID-19 cases after Thanksgiving travel
By JOSEPH CHOI
 
Dr. Anthony FauciAnthony FauciThe tale of the last bipartisan unicorns Delta variant's UK dominance sparks concerns in US Overnight Health Care: FDA says millions of J&J doses from troubled plant must be thrown out | WHO warns Africa falling far behind in vaccinations | Top CDC official says US not ready for next pandemic MORE, the nation's top infectious disease expert, said on Sunday that there will “almost certainly” be an uptick in coronavirus cases after Americans traveled for the Thanksgiving holiday despite public health officials' warnings.
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Surgeon general: Pandemic is 'going to get worse,' actions now 'will determine how bad it is'
By ZACK BUDRYK
 
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome AdamsJerome AdamsIndiana county ends needle exchange program credited with containing an HIV outbreak Fauci: Americans 'misinterpreting' mask rules Former surgeon general: CDC 'fumbled the ball at the one-yard line' with new mask guidance messaging MORE said Sunday that the coronavirus pandemic will "get worse" in the weeks ahead, but noted that the first vaccines would likely be available to vulnerable populations by mid-December.
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Birx: 'We are deeply worried about what could happen post-Thanksgiving'
By ZACK BUDRYK
 
If you look at the second wave, we had less than 25,000 cases a day, we had way less mortality. We’re entering this post-Thanksgiving surge with three, four and 10 times as much disease across the country,” White House coronavirus response coordinator Deborah BirxDeborah BirxEx-Biden adviser says Birx told him she hoped election turned out 'a certain way' Tulane adds Hunter Biden as guest speaker on media polarization The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Supreme Court announces unanimous rulings MORE said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
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White House testing czar promotes mask wearing, social distancing: 'Testing alone will never solve this issue'
By JUSTINE COLEMAN
 
“Unless we can control the viral spread, by doing the things like wearing a mask, avoiding indoor crowded spaces, you cannot test your way out of this,” Adm. Brett Giroir said.
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Detroit mayor: 'If you make a commitment to the masks, we don't have to shut the economy down'
By ZACK BUDRYK 
 
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan (D) on Sunday said mitigation efforts such as mask mandates have been effective in reducing coronavirus rates in the city, calling such efforts an alternative to mass shutdowns.
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Republican Arkansas governor: Trump beginning transition process more 'significant' than a concession
By ZACK BUDRYK
 
Arkansas Gov. Asa HutchinsonAsa HutchinsonThe states taking steps to ban critical race theory Overnight Health Care: Biden asks intel community to 'redouble' efforts probing COVID-19 origins | Democrats announce plan to begin crafting public option insurance bill | Lawsuit challenges Arkansas abortion ban Advocacy groups sue Arkansas over abortion ban MORE (R) on Sunday credited President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden prepares to confront Putin Biden aims to bolster troubled Turkey ties in first Erdoğan meeting Senate investigation of insurrection falls short MORE for beginning the transition process, calling it more important than conceding the election to President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden prepares to confront Putin Ukrainian president thanks G-7 nations for statement of support Biden aims to bolster troubled Turkey ties in first Erdoğan meeting MORE.
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Republican inaugural ceremonies chairman: I hope the president attends
By JUSTINE COLEMAN
 
“I hope the president is there on inaugural day, and [we’re] continuing to work to see what we can do to have the president there and have Vice President Biden there likely sworn in on that day,” Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntGOP Rep. Vicky Hartzler launches Missouri Senate bid Cryptocurrency industry lobbies Washington for 'regulatory clarity' Bipartisan group prepping infrastructure plan as White House talks lag MORE (R-Mo.) said.
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Retired Navy admiral behind bin Laden raid: The rest of the world is waiting for Biden
By JOSEPH CHOI
 
Former Navy Admiral Bill McRaven said on Sunday that the world was waiting for “a Biden administration to come in,” when speaking about the role of the U.S. on the international stage as President-elect Joe Biden prepares to assume power.
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Ossoff warns McConnell would cause paralysis in federal government if GOP holds Senate
By JUSTINE COLEMAN 
 
Democratic Georgia Senate candidate Jon Ossoff warned on Sunday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellWhat the Democrats should be doing to reach true bipartisanship Democrats mull overhaul of sweeping election bill McConnell seeks to divide and conquer Democrats MORE (R-Ky.) would cause paralysis in the federal government if the Republicans hold onto the Senate.
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Collins urges voters to turn out in Georgia runoffs
By TAL AXELROD
 
Georgia Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsGeorgia agriculture commissioner launches Senate campaign against Warnock Poll shows tight GOP primary for Georgia governor The Hill's Morning Report - Census winners and losers; House GOP huddles MORE (R) urged Republican voters to keep track of local election laws and turn out in two Senate runoffs in January amid concerns that some in the GOP will boycott the contests.
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GOP congresswoman-elect: Republican women have also been breaking glass ceilings
By JUSTINE COLEMAN
 
“It’s not just Democrat women who have a monopoly on breaking glass ceilings,” Rep.-elect Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) told CNN. “Republican women have been doing it all year long in these elections all across the country.”
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