Published: Sat, November 21, 2020

The CDC is asking Americans to avoid travel this Thanksgiving

The CDC is asking Americans to avoid travel this Thanksgiving

"There are some that will travel nonetheless, but, hopefully, they will put in place some common-sense measures to limit the damage the virus can cause". 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. More than 2.8 million passengers were screened on Sunday, December 1st, 2019. Now, many airlines have cut capacity due to low demand.

"We received lots of questions from the American people about college students or people that were coming home for the holidays that are family members or are a household member, so further clarifying that the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is at home with the people in your household", Sauber-Schatz said.

CNBC reports Dr. Henry Walke, the CDC's Covid-19 incident manager, said he's anxious about transportation hubs where people might not practice social distancing while waiting in line for buses and planes. "Avoid gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you", the CDC said in a tweet yesterday. See CDC's guidance: https://t.co/zLzjYg5X6P.

Safer gatherings can be held outside as much as possible, the CDC recommends.

Instead of traveling, the CDC recommends that travel be postponed, replaced instead with plans to stay home. Not traveling and staying home is the best way to keep yourself, and others, healthy this year.


The agency's previous Thanksgiving guidance page had included travel guidance as one of many tips.

Amongst the recommendations, the CDC asks: do you live with or are planning to visit anyone who is at increased risk of getting very sick from COVID-19?

Always wear your mask in public.

Avoid touching your mask or face. "COVID-19 is turning out to be quite a formidable foe". This has mainly been a "feature" on flights to the state of Hawaii.

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