CDC recommends Americans to avoid traveling for Thanksgiving
CDC is advising Americans to avoid traveling during the Thanksgiving holiday amid escalating COVID-19 cases.
CDC is advising Americans to avoid traveling during the Thanksgiving holiday amid escalating COVID-19 cases. Henry Walke, CDC's COVID-19 incident manager, says: "As we're seeing exponential growth in cases, and the opportunity to translocate disease or infection from one part of the country to another, leads to our recommendation to avoid travel at this time." He recommends that people spend the holidays with people in their households, which CDC guidance released Thursday updated to indicate people who have been living in the same home for at least 14 days before celebrations. The revision was intended to draw attention to college students who typically return home from campus for the holidays but may risk bringing an infection with them. Erin Sauber-Schatz, head of the CDC's community intervention and critical population task force, notes: "If people have not been actively living with you for the 14 days before you're celebrating, they are not considered a member of your household, and therefore you need to take those extra precautions." CDC also said that if people still opt to travel, they should take such precautions as wearing masks, staying 6 feet away from people outside of their household, and holding small gatherings outside.