The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its Thanksgiving guidance Thursday, now recommending Americans do not travel for the holiday.
In a press conference Thursday, Henry Walke, the agency’s COVID-19 incident manager, said “Amid this critical phase, the CDC is recommending against travel during the Thanksgiving period.”
“The tragedy that could happen is that one of your family members — from coming together in this family gathering — actually could end up being hospitalized and becoming severely ill and dying,” Walke said.
Updated CDC guidance released Thursday also changes the definition of “household” to mean people who have been living in the same home for at least 14 days before celebrations.
“These times are tough, it’s been a long outbreak, almost 11 months, and we understand people are tired,” Walke said. “We understand that people want to see their family and relatives and do it as they’ve always done it. But this year we’re asking them to limit their travel.”
If residents do continue their travel plans the CDC urges them to do it “as safely as possible,” with social distancing, face-coverings and sanitizing the area.
The new recommendations are further aimed at college students returning home for the Thanksgiving break, with the CDC recommending those students stay in place.
“As we’re seeing exponential growth in cases, and the opportunity to translocate disease or infection from one part of the country to another, leads to our recommendation to avoid travel at this time,” Walke said. “We’re very concerned about people who are coming together sort of outside their household bubble.”
The updated guidelines posted on the CDC website Thursday cites 1 million new cases of coronavirus reported in the U.S. last week.
“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 guidelines state. “Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others this year.”Do you have a news tip? Call us at (661) 298-1220, or send an email to email@example.com. Don’t miss a thing. Get breaking KHTS Santa Clarita News Alerts delivered right to your inbox. Report a typo or error, email Corrections@hometownstation.com
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