CDC Advisory On Holiday Travel During COVID-19

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  • The CDC has reminders for travelers during the holidays
  • Those who decide to travel should consider getting tested before and after the trip
  • People who may feel well can still spread COVID-19 to others, according to the agency
  • Following simple guidelines can help prevent the spread of COVID-19

Since before Thanksgiving, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been reiterating one message to Americans amid the rising cases of COVID-19: Stay home. With the upcoming holidays, the agency is once again sharing words of advice about traveling for the holidays.

“Travel can increase your chance of spreading and getting  COVID-19,” the CDC says in its updated domestic travel guidelines. “Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.”

Despite this urgent message, however, over 980,000 people traveled on the weekend before Thanksgiving. This is a much lower number

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“CDC is recommending against travel during the Thanksgiving period,” Henry Walke, the CDC’s Covid-19 incident manager, said during a briefing Thursday, adding that the health agency is especially concerned about “transportation hubs.”

The agency’s recommendation lines up with a growing number of new state restrictions and warnings in response to record numbers of new cases and more than 250,000 U.S. deaths, as well as disease experts’ concerns that even small indoor gatherings of people from different locations could spread the virus further.

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Many Americans Ignored Thanksgiving Travel Warnings From CDC, Data Show : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

More Americans stayed home for Thanksgiving this year compared with last year — but by relatively small margins.

An NPR analysis of mobile phone location data showed that 42% of Americans with smartphones remained home, up from 36% last year.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention repeatedly urged people to avoid holiday travel because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the warnings, 13% of Americans still traveled a significant distance, the data showed, although that number was down from 17% last year.

Ali Mokdad, from the University of Washington, said that ideally, more people would have stayed home given the high case rates. “This level of travel will unfortunately lead to a rise in cases,” said Mokdad, who is the chief strategy officer for Population Health.

Data, provided to NPR by SafeGraph, are based on tracking the locations of about 18 million mobile phones across the United States. NPR analyzed

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CDC: Add COVID Testing to Your Holiday Travel Plans

Stay home this holiday season, but if you must travel, get tested both before and after your trip, CDC officials said at a news conference on Wednesday.

People who insist on traveling should be tested for SARS-CoV-2 with a “viral test” 1-3 days before travel, and 3-5 days after travel. After traveling, people should avoid “non-essential activities” for 7 days.

If someone does not get tested before or after traveling, they should avoid “non-essential activities” for 10 days, CDC officials said. Better yet: just don’t go anywhere.

“Cases are rising, hospitalizations are increasing, deaths are increasing. We need to try to bend the curve to stop this exponential increase,” said Henry Walke, MD, CDC’s COVID-19 incident manager. “Testing does not eliminate all risk, but it does make travel safer.”

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“Cases are rising, hospitalizations are increasing and deaths are increasing,” said Henry Walke, the CDC’s Covid-19 incident manager during a press briefing. “We’re asking Americans to help prevent these increases and avoid travel.”

People who do travel should be tested one to three days before and three to five days after their trips, while avoiding public activities for seven days, the agency said.

The agency released similar guidance against travel over Thanksgiving, but officials said travel volume remained high.

“Even if only a small percentage of those travelers were asymptomatically infected, this can translate into hundreds of thousands of additional infections

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Health care worker Elizabeth Cameros, right, administers a deep nasal coronavirus test to traveler Wade Hopkins at a COVID-19 testing station at LAX on Monday, November 23, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

  • The CDC says the safest way to celebrate winter holidays this year is at home.
  • But if you do plan to travel, the CDC recommends getting tested twice, once before and once after, and restricting your outings to only those most essential in the days surrounding your trip.
  • The CDC says travelers should get tested for the virus one to three days before traveling, as well as three to five days afterwards, and make sure both of those tests come back negative.
  • The agency also recommends restricting any “non-essential” outings for at least seven days after traveling.
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Don’t Travel To Mexico, Says CDC. (Yet Infection Rates Are Higher In Most Of The U.S.)

Thinking of getting away to Cancun or Cabo? The CDC is not mincing words.

“Travelers should avoid all travel to Mexico,” according to its latest guidance, which places Mexico in the Level 4 risk category, highest risk level for COVID-19.

Mind you, most countries around the world are now at Level 4, and the vast majority currently have much less community spread than the United States.

Yesterday, the United States recorded 180,083 new Covid-19 cases and 2,597 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Meanwhile, Mexico recorded 8,819 and 825 deaths. Even if you adjust for population — the U.S. has 2.6 times as many people as Mexico — it would appear that north of the border is the riskier place to be right now.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging travelers not to travel for the upcoming winter holidays, a repeat of its guidance for Thanksgiving travel.

“The best thing for Americans to do in the upcoming holiday season is to stay at home and not travel,” Dr. Henry Walke, the CDC’s COVID-19 incident manager, said in a news briefing Wednesday.

“Cases are rising. Hospitalizations are increasing, Deaths are increasing. We need to try to bend the curve, stop this exponential increase,” Walke said.

For those who decide to travel — and there were millions who boarded planes for Thanksgiving despite similar advice — the CDC is now recommending travelers get tested for COVID-19 before and after their trips.

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CDC urges against travel to Mexico; WHO says country ‘in bad shape’

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Published 10:58 p.m. ET Dec. 1, 2020

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging Americans to avoid all travel to Mexico as the country grapples with rising COVID-19 deaths.

The CDC has currently placed Mexico in the Level 4 risk category, which is the highest risk level for COVID-19. If anyone must travel to Mexico, the CDC recommends getting a viral test one to three days prior to traveling as well as prior to returning to the United States.

The organization also says to wear a face mask during travel, says travelers should get tested three to five days after travel and says travelers should stay home for seven days after travel.

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