CDC strongly recommends that people not travel for Thanksgiving

Ruben Hill
November 21, 2020

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". 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.

"Always wear a mask in public settings, when using public transportation, and when around people who you don't live with, the guidance continues".

The AAA travel agency has said it anticipates at least a 10 percent drop in the number of travelers this Thanksgiving, the largest single-year drop since 2008.

"CDC is recommending against travel during the Thanksgiving period", Henry Walke, a CDC doctor working on the pandemic, told reporters.

Walke said those who decide to travel for the holiday should do so "as safely as possible by following the same recommendations for everyday living", which is wearing a mask, staying six feet apart and washing hands frequently.

The updated guidance comes as COVID-19 cases and deaths are on the rise in the country.

More than 250,000 people have died from virus in the USA, with more than 11 million contracting the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The U.S. has reported more than 11.5 million coronavirus infections and more than 250,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

In this morning's The New Normal show, Dr. Maria Carney, the chief of geriatric and palliative medicine at Northwell Health, joined News 12's Elizabeth Hashagen to discuss the steps we must take now, and what the latest updates show on the search for a cure. "Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19".

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