CDC urges Americans to avoid Thanksgiving travel
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged Americans in its latest guidance to avoid travel during the Thanksgiving holiday and consider canceling plans that involve spending time with people outside of their households, in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The new guidance states, “As cases continue to increase rapidly across the United States, the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people you live with.”
The stronger guidelines are in response to the recent surge in infections, according to agency officials, who said the concern is that the virus may accelerate the spread of the virus. More than 1 million COVID-19 cases were reported in the United States over the last seven days, the agency said.
“Gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu,” the guidance states.