US disease experts recommend Americans don't travel for Thanksgiving

CDC updates coronavirus Thanksgiving guidance, urges against travel

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging Americans to avoid traveling for Thanksgiving, and to not spend the holiday with those outside their household, as the coronavirus outbreak worsens.

The new guidance, updated around noon Thursday, moved travel advice to the top of the page, with a preamble saying, "More than 1 million COVID-19 cases were reported in the United States over the last 7 days".

While there is promising news about coronavirus vaccine candidates and a COVID-19 antibody treatment, that does not change the current worsening situation.

"We're alarmed with the exponential increase in cases, hospitalisations, and deaths", Walke said.


"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.

"It is the right advice. But this year we're asking them to limit their travel".

"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.

Thanksgiving and Christmas are typically the busiest times of year for domestic travel as Americans gather with friends and family around the country. For those who are still traveling during the holidays, the CDC recommends taking the following steps: check travel restrictions before you leave, get a flu shot, wear a mask in public settings, social distance and wash or sanitize your hands often.

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