The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday strongly recommended against traveling for Thanksgiving while the U.S. sees a record-breaking surge in its coronavirus outbreak.
“CDC is recommending against travel during the Thanksgiving period,” Henry Walke, CDC’s COVID-19 incident manager, said on a call with reporters Thursday. “For Americans who decide to travel, CDC recommends doing so as safely as possible by following the same recommendations for everyday living.”
In update guidance, the agency recommended celebrating the holiday either virtually or with those in the household, which it defines as “anyone who currently lives and shares common spaces in your housing unit.”
“People who do not currently live in your housing unit, such as college students who are returning home from school for the holidays, should be considered part of different households,” the CDC said.
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If someone hasn’t been actively living in the household for 14 days, people should take extra precautions, like wearing a mask in the home.
“From an individual household level, what’s at stake is basically the increased chance of one of your loved ones becoming sick and then being hospitalized and dying,” Walke said.
The updated guidance comes the day after the U.S. saw its highest daily death toll from the virus since May and topped 250,000 total fatalities.
“We’re alarmed, again, with the exponential increases in cases, hospitalizations and deaths,” Walke said.