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Travel recommendations, restrictions likely to extend through Christmas: Fauci

“We don’t want to frighten people, but that’s just the reality,” Fauci said.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he can’t see how the current restrictions and recommendations around Thanksgiving would be relaxed by Christmas.

“When you have the kind of inflection that we have, it doesn’t all of a sudden turn around like that,” Fauci said on ABC’s “This Week.

“So clearly in the next few weeks, we’re gonna have the same sort of thing. And perhaps even two or three weeks down the line, Martha, we may see a surge upon a surge,” he told “This Week” co-anchor Martha Raddatz.

“We don’t want to frighten people, but that’s just the reality” Fauci added. “We said that these things would happen, as we got into the cold weather and as we began traveling, and they’ve happened. It’s going to happen again. So I cannot see all of a sudden, a relaxation of the kinds of recommendations or restrictions because we’re getting into colder weather, and in, in an even larger holiday season as people travel to come back and forth for Christmas.”

He also urged Americans to be “really careful” as they return from their Thanksgiving holiday travel.

“You’ve really got to understand the importance of trying to prevent further spread and further surge, that may be when you go back where you came from,” Fauci said.

The U.S. surpassed 13 million COVID-19 cases on Friday, an increase of more than a million cases in six days, according to data from John Hopkins University. More than 265,000 people have died.

Experts have warned against reading too much into numbers from this week, as states have paused updates due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Despite Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warnings and increasing case counts, millions traveled for Thanksgiving. The Transportation Security Administration screened more than 8 million people between Nov. 20 and Saturday.

This is a developing news story. Please check back for updates.

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Why We’re Experimenting with Minimum Vacation Recommendations

It’s one of those mythical and vaunted startup perks, and one of the Buffer perks that tends to entice folks the most: unlimited vacation time.

When someone new joins the team, they’re immediately granted as much time away from work as they’d like, no questions asked.

Under this non-policy policy, teammates have had some great vacations, including cruises around the world and even a month of sailing the Atlantic.

But is it really that simple?

Well, yes and no.

Buffer’s unlimited vacation policy is incredibly generous. But as we’ve grown and evolved, we’ve also gotten some great signals that it can be a bit confusing to know when and how to take time off.

When we surveyed our team to get their anonymous thoughts, we began to see a theme emerging. Here’s a sample of comments:

  • “It’d be really cool if we could make clearer taking vacation off and how to approach expensing things.”
  • “I think some sort of recommended range of time off can be really helpful.”
  • “I’m still struggling to figure out how to plan time off and if I should be asking for permission/advice before making plans.”
  • “A bit nervous, with a feeling of guilt and uncertainty about how taking the time off would make the team feel.”

Taking time off and recharging is critical to doing your best work, so we knew we wanted to help everyone on the team feel great about planning and taking restorative time away.

Solving the ‘unlimited’ challenge

Looking out at the landscape of likeminded tech companies, there are some cool and innovative ways to begin to solve this challenge.

Until that time, we needed a way to help teammates feel guilt-free about taking time off and to reduce the cognitive load of figuring out how and when to take time away.

We started by getting a baseline. Julian on our data team was kind enough to export our shared Google Cal where teammates log vacation days and holidays (yes, it can get a bit crowded there!) so we could take a look.

We found that the vast majority of our teammates were taking in the range of 5-10 days per year (not quite enough, in our opinion), followed closely by the 10-15 day range (getting closer!).

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Buffer is a global company, bringing together teammates from many different countries, cultures, and norms when it comes to time off. So we needed to take into account quite a few perspectives. 

Our team survey asked a variety of questions around the topic of vacation time. Here’s a look:

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Results showed that there was a wide spectrum in terms of the amount of days off teammates felt comfortable taking—everything from 0 days to about 4 weeks. The mean from a sample size of 55 responses was 9.1 days, which is fairly in line with what the Google Cal data showed us

What’s the right amount of time off?

So, is that enough? Across the world, paid vacation time varies quite a bit

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