Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday warned that Americans should brace themselves for a COVID-19 “surge superimposed” on the current one after many traveled for the Thanksgiving holiday.

“What we expect unfortunately as we go for the next few weeks into December is a surge superimposed into that surge that we’re already in,” Fauci told NBC anchor Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press.”

The Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases blamed the millions of travelers who ignored health experts’ pleas to stay home for the holiday.

“We have to be careful now because there almost certainly is going to be an uptick because of what’s happened with the travel,” Fauci told ABC anchor Martha Raddatz on “This Week.”

“We understand the importance of families getting together and it’s just something that we will have to deal with as we get into the colder weeks of the winter and as we approach the Christmas season.”

Fauci called on people who traveled over Thanksgiving to “understand the importance of trying to prevent further spread and further surge.”

“That may be when you go back to when you came from if it’s possible to quarantine yourself for a period of time or even get tested to make sure that you’re not bringing infection back to another place, be it another home or another family,” Fauci said.

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