Don’t travel for Thanksgiving, CDC says in coronavirus update

Laverne Higgins
November 20, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving this year in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus. "CDC is recommending against travel during the Thanksgiving period". According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the USA saw its highest daily death toll in more than six months, with at least 1,707 fatalities being reported on Tuesday.

He said officials were alarmed "with the exponential increase in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths".

Instead, Thanksgiving should be spent with only people living in th, with "household" clarified to mean those who have been living in the same home for at least 14 days before the gathering.

"Our hope is that the recommendations posted online today can help people celebrate as safely as possible - all Americans want to do the right things to protect our families, even when there are hard decisions to be made", he said. "There are some that will travel nonetheless, but, hopefully, they will put in place some common-sense measures to limit the damage the virus can cause".

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"As cases continue to increase rapidly across the United States, the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people you live with", the CDC said. It also suggests limiting the number of people near where food is being prepared. Shares in airlines and hotel companies have plummeted since the outbreak began as government officials have advised against unnecessary travel. Based on its October models, it forecasts 50 million Americans will travel for the holiday, compared with 55 million in 2019.

AAA expects 2.8 million travelers in Florida this Thanksgiving holiday, which is the lowest Thanksgiving travel has been since 2017.

The updated guidance comes as COVID-19 cases and deaths are on the rise in the country.

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