The Center for Disease Control is advising against any Thanksgiving travel this year – as the U.S. battles a surge in COVID-19 cases.
Henry Walke, COVID-19 Incident Manager at the CDC, stated – “As we’re seeing exponential growth in cases, and the opportunity to translocate disease or infection from one portion of the country to another, we are recommending avoiding travel at this time,” – he went on to add “Instead Thanksgiving should be spent only with people living in their household, with “household” clarified to mean those who have been living in the same home for at least 14 days before the gathering; that would exclude college students who’ve been away at school, or military members who have been away on duty.”
COVID-19 cases have been surging across the U.S. – with the average number of daily cases over the last 7 days increasing 43% compared to the previous 7 days – with 94% of the U.S. seeing a jump in cases.
If people do gather for Thanksgiving, they are advised to:
- Gather outdoors if possible.
- Wear a mask.
- Practice “Social Distancing” as much as possible.
- Everyone should wash their hands frequently.