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U.S. disease experts recommend Americans don’t travel for Thanksgiving

FILE PHOTO: A general view of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia September 30, 2014. REUTERS/Tami Chappell

(Reuters) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday recommended Americans do not travel during next week’s Thanksgiving holiday to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus as cases of COVID-19 spike around the United States.

The travel advice is a “strong recommendation,” not a requirement, CDC official Henry Walke said on a call with reporters. The federal agency said it was making the recommendation after many states across the country experienced a surge in coronavirus cases in recent weeks.

“We’re alarmed with the exponential increase in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths,” Walke said.

The CDC advised against gathering with anyone who has not lived in the same household for at least 14 days, the incubation period for the coronavirus. Officials said they were also posting recommendations on their website on how to stay safe during the holidays for those Americans who do choose to travel.

While the agency recommended virtual gatherings, for those who do gather in person, guests should bring their own food and utensils and celebrate outdoors if possible, it said.

If celebrating indoors, it recommends that Americans open windows and put fans in front of open windows to pull fresh air into the room where guests are sitting. It also suggests limiting the number of people near where food is being prepared.

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is typically the busiest travel day of the year in the United States, as Americans gather with friends and family around the country. Shares in airlines and hotel companies have plummeted since the outbreak began as government officials have advised against unnecessary travel.

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. Based on its October models, it forecasts 50 million Americans will travel for the holiday, compared with 55 million in 2019.

With the CDC recommendations, it expects that number now to be even lower.

Reporting by Rebecca Spalding; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Jonathan Oatis

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West Coast states recommend 2-week travel quarantine

Three West Coast states issued a travel advisory Friday urging against nonessential travel and recommending quarantines for those who do travel between states and internationally.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee recommend travelers to their states and residents who leave and then return home self-quarantine for 14 days.

This recommendation does not apply to individuals who cross state borders for essential travel, which includes travel for work, study, critical infrastructure support, economic services, health, immediate medical care and safety.

“California just surpassed a sobering threshold — one million COVID-19 cases — with no signs of the virus slowing down,” Newsom said in a statement. “Increased cases are adding pressure on our hospital systems and threatening the lives of seniors, essential workers and vulnerable Californians. Travel increases the risk of spreading COVID-19, and we must all collectively increase our efforts at this time to keep the virus at bay and save lives.”

Brown said in a video posted on Twitter on Thursday, “If we do not act immediately, we will soon reach a breaking point.”

Inslee sounded a similar warning.

“We have to rethink spending time with people from outside our households right now, including Thanksgiving and the December holidays,” he wrote on social media. “This is temporary. We will get back to normal. But right now, it is just too dangerous to gather.”

This news comes after 10 counties and one city in the greater Bay Area issued a similar travel advisory Monday. Marin, Alameda, Contra Costa, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Sonoma, as well as the city of Berkeley, urged residents to stay local and asked those who do travel to self-quarantine for 14 days.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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Is it ethical to recommend travel during second wave?


Cruise Lines International Association, which represents 95% of the cruise industry, introduced mandatory requirements to be able to set sail again.


The travel industry hopes two-for-one deals and deep discounts will get you back on the road now. But is it ethical to even recommend travel at a time like this?

We’re deep inside a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prices are low, but the risks are high. And within the travel industry, a debate is raging about what to do.

I had a front-row seat to the conflict when one of my recent columns appeared on a Facebook page for travel agents. You might remember the holiday travel advice story where I suggested readers avoid traveling. 

The agents were so livid about my common-sense advice that they tried to have the person who posted my story fired. 

The controversy opened my eyes to a travel industry fighting for survival and willing to do almost anything to get you traveling again – including possibly exposing you to a deadly virus. As it turns out, both sides of this debate make valid points. But you have to decide who’s right.

The case for recommending travel

For some people, the pandemic is yesterday’s news, and it’s time to get back out there. Travelers already know about the dangers. The greater tragedy would be not traveling.

“Yes, it is ethical to promote travel,” says Katy Kassian, a business consultant and frequent traveler from Regan, North Dakota. “Without people like us traveling, there is no industry. There are no more roadside attractions. The diners will shutter, train and bus routes will be dramatically altered and ultimately, we will become even more disconnected from ourselves, our friends and family and all the fabulous places in our country.”

A complete travel ban doesn’t make sense, say travel professionals. Sangeeta Sadarangani, CEO of Crossing, a multinational travel agency headquartered in London, says some travel is safe.

“There are hotels that are safe and places that are safe for travel right now,” she says. She’s comfortable recommending travel to her clients, as long as they follow all the COVID-19 procedures – including wearing a mask, sanitizing and practicing social distancing. Sadarangani says it all comes down to trust – knowing your travel advisor is looking out for your best interests. 

But for her, “profit or transactions are not the motive.” 

The case against recommending travel

With both infections and hospitalizations increasing in many countries, including the U.S. “it is ethically unintelligent to travel now — especially for leisure,” argues ethics expert Bruce Weinstein. (Photo: lionvision, Getty Images/iStockphoto)

But ethicists say this is the wrong time to tell anyone to travel.

“With both infections and hospitalizations increasing in many countries, including the U.S.,  it’s worth remembering the most fundamental ethical principle of all: do no harm,” says Bruce Weinstein, an author and ethics expert. “With that in mind, it is ethically unintelligent to travel now – especially for leisure.”

Consumer advocates agree.

“I do not

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