Headline RoundupNovember 24th, 2021

Thanksgiving in the Time of COVID-19, High Inflation

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving 2021 amid record-breaking price inflation, goods shortages and continued concerns about COVID-19.

Some frozen turkeys cost as much as 27% more than they did a year ago, and the prices of other Thanksgiving staples, such as potatoes, are up 5% annually. Meanwhile, new COVID-19 cases are up roughly 25% and hospitalizations are up 9% in the past two weeks. Americans still plan to hit the road for the holiday; AAA expects over 53 million people in the U.S. to travel for Thanksgiving, up 13% from 2020. Roughly 48 million are expected to travel by car, but that'll also cost more than it did in 2020. The price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline is up 61% from a year ago.

Media across the spectrum are advancing different narratives about Thanksgiving. Coverage from left- and center-rated outlets more often focused on tips for having a safe holiday and avoiding the spread of COVID-19. Reports from right-rated sources more often highlighted the high prices of turkey and other holiday-season goods amid record-setting inflation. Some voices on the right also criticized left- and center-rated media for their continued focus on COVID-19 and purportedly unnecessary public health tips.

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