CDC urges Americans not to travel on Thanksgiving

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging Americans not to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging Americans not to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving this year in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

"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.

If you answer any one of these questions with a yes, the CDC recommends "making other plans, such as hosting a virtual gathering or delaying your travel".

Reuters tally: Europe's COVID-19 cases surpass 15 million mark
Amesh Adalja, senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, who was not involved in the WHO guidance. The only region that saw a decline in the number of new cases and deaths last week was Southeast Asia, WHO said.

For those not traveling but still planning to attend a gathering, health officials recommend that it be with only members of their immediate household - or those who have been living together already for at least two weeks. COVID-19 cases are rising exponentially across the country and hospitals in parts of the Midwest and the West, in particular, are once again close to full capacity.

Officials said they were also posting recommendations on their website on how to stay safe during the holidays for those Americans that do choose to travel. In addition, more people are now hospitalized with the virus than at any point during the pandemic, which has now led to the deaths of more than 250,000 Americans. For those who are still traveling during the holidays, the CDC recommends taking the following steps: check travel restrictions before you leave, get a flu shot, wear a mask in public settings, social distance and wash or sanitize your hands often. "We are in a major surge in the USA with hospitals inundated", Dr. Amesh Adalja, senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, said at a Reuters forum.

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