COVID-19

More Michiganders are traveling as infections rise

Travel has risen to pre-pandemic levels, experts say.

The pandemic is no longer keeping people at home. After months of being told to limit unnecessary travel, new data shows that people’s transportation patterns are back to where they were in the Before Times.

Researchers from the University of Michigan School of Public Health looked at data from Unacast and the Bureau of Transportation. They found that more people are leaving their homes for trips to stores, restaurants, and even vacation spots. That’s despite dire warnings from health officials that new infection numbers are rising and the pandemic is far from over.

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State epidemiologist Sarah Lyon-Callo told reporters during a press conference on Wednesday that it’s important for people to keep their resolve a little while longer.

“While we’re getting more and more vaccine on board, which will reduce the spread of COVID-19 cases, it’s important … not to give in to COVID fatigue,” she said. “So we need to push harder on masking and social distancing. … We want to make sure that people are moving activities outdoors whenever possible.”

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