In a telebriff on Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned against visiting relatives and friends on Thanksgiving and public holidays and urged people with possible symptoms of coronavirus or other illnesses to stay home.
“As Thanksgiving approaches, our hearts and minds turn to visiting family and friends,” said Dr. Henry Walk, COVID-19 Agency Manager, during the briefing. “Against the background of this critical phase, the CDC recommends not traveling during the Thanksgiving period.”
Walk added that for those who do decide to travel, the health agency recommends making it “as safe as possible,” which includes wearing a mask while in public, maintaining social distance, and washing your hands frequently with water. and soap.
The agency also recommends that travelers consider whether anyone they can see during their visit is at risk of serious illness, whether the spread of the community is strong where you live, or at your destination, if there are local quarantine requirements. and whether travel plans require bus, train or air and if so, what social distancing measures will be implemented.
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“Meetings with family and friends who do not live with you may increase your chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu,” the guidelines said.
In a telebrief held before the publication of the guidelines, Walk and Dr. Erin Sauber-Shatz, who heads the Community Task Force on Intervention and Critical Population, further clarified that family members who do not live in the same house for The 14 days before the holiday were not considered part of the same household, including returning students and military members.
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If non-household family members plan to attend your Thanksgiving gathering, the agency recommends that attendees wear masks, social distance, wash their hands frequently, bring their own food, drinks, plates and utensils, such as avoid entering and leaving areas where food is prepared or processed and choosing disposable products such as salad dressings and spice packs.
For guests at night, the CDC recommends assessing the risk of infection, wearing masks while you are in the house, improving ventilation, avoiding singing or shouting indoors, avoiding interactions with pets, avoiding observe guests for symptoms and spend time outdoors.
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“We hope that the recommendations published online today can help people celebrate as safely as possible – all Americans want to do the right thing to protect our families, even when tough decisions have to be made,” he said.
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