Traveling for Thanksgiving? ‘Don’t’ Says the CDC

By Paul Riegler on 19 November 2020
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Citing the rise in new cases and deaths from Covid-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans not to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The “CDC is recommending against travel during the Thanksgiving period,” said Dr. Henry Walke, its Covid-19 incident manager. 

There is “no more important time than now for each and every American to redouble our efforts to watch our distance, wash our hands and, most importantly, wear a mask,” he said.

The move comes as families and friends are planning – and possibly rethinking – what they will do in order to have a traditional holiday celebration. Despite the decline in travel over the past nine months, experts still expert some 50 million Americans to celebrate away from home.

It also comes as the United States reported over 170,100 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, the second-highest one-day figure since the start of the pandemic, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Meanwhile, the CDC is now projecting that “newly reported Covid-19 deaths will likely increase over the next four weeks, with 7,300 to 16,000 new deaths likely to be reported in the week ending December 12, 2020,” based on an increase that will be occasioned by the intermingling of households during the holiday.

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