As pandemic surges, CDC recommends against Thanksgiving travel

As pandemic surges, CDC recommends against Thanksgiving travel”

Not traveling and staying home is the best way to keep yourself, and others, healthy this year.

An updated version of the guidelines was posted to the CDC website on Thursday.

More than one million COVID-19 cases were reported in the United States over the last seven days, the agency said.

"With Thanksgiving approaching our hearts and minds turn to visiting family and friends", said Dr. Henry Walke, the agency's COVID-19 incident manager, during the briefing.

Are you or anyone you will be traveling with at an increased risk for getting very sick from COVID-19?

With COVID-19 cases spiking across the country, the CDC says it's time people start rethinking their Thanksgiving plans, and that starts with not traveling over the holiday period.

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Are cases high or increasing in your community, or the community of your destination? Do your plans include traveling by bus, train, or air which might make staying 6 feet apart hard?

Walke, who spent two years working as a family practitioner in rural Alaska, said "The tragedy that could happen is that one of your family members is coming to this family gathering and they could end up severely ill, hospitalized or dying. And we don't want that to happen".

The CDC also recommends those who travel to follow all of their guidance for slowing the spread of coronavirus: wear a mask, wash hands, social distance, get the flu shot and bring extra masks and hand sanitizer.

The updated CDC guidance, which are "strong recommendations" rather than a mandate, comes at a time when the U.S. has hit multiple grim milestones within the last week.

They urge people to wear masks when having group meals with people from different households and consider having celebrations outdoors if possible. If indoors, open windows and doors to allow ventilation.

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