The CDC issued new guidelines Thursday advising Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving, warning that this could increase the chances of receiving and distributing COVID-19.
Why it matters: In the past week alone, the United States has seen more than 1 million new cases of coronavirus – and indoor domestic gatherings across the country could make matters worse.
- “One of our concerns is that people get together during the holiday season, and they can actually carry an infection with this little gathering and not even know it,” said Henry Walk, CDC incident manager for COVID. 19, reporters.
- “We are very concerned about people gathering somewhere outside the bubble of their household.”
Game status: The agency said Thanksgiving celebrations should only include current members of the household when possible.
- It also redefines its definition of “household” for people who have been living in someone’s home for the past 14 days – which may exclude students and older relatives.
- Leadership is not a mandate, but it is “highly recommended.” Precautions must be taken if Americans travel by improving ventilation, using hand sanitizer, and even wearing masks at home.
What are they saying: “Postponing travel and staying at home is the best way to protect yourself and others this year,” the guide said.
- “[We’re] further clarifying that the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is at home with the people in your household. If people have not been active with you 14 days before the celebration, they are not considered a member of your household and you should take these extra precautions, “Erin Sauber-Shatz, Head of Community Intervention and Critical Population CDC Working Group he said.