CDC urges Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving amid Covid surge

The top public health body in the US has warned Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving amid fears the upcoming public holiday is set to become an unprecedented superspreader event that will fuel the rampant increase in coronavirus cases.

Officials at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance on Thursday recommending against all travel next week for Thanksgiving, a holiday when millions of Americans normally congregate with family and friends.

“We have been alarmed by the exponential increases in cases, hospitalisations and deaths,” Henry Walke, the CDC’s Covid-19 incident manager, told reporters. The agency described the advisory as a “strong recommendation” that stopped short of a requirement.

Dr Walke added: “We ask Americans to consider their risk, to consider who is in their household, their own risk of acquiring infection and the . . . risk in the community they are travelling to.”

The CDC is

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CDC recommends against travel for Thanksgiving

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that Americans should not travel for Thanksgiving, and has posted updated guidelines for safely celebrating the holiday.



a street filled with lots of traffic: DUNN LORING, VA - NOVEMBER 23: Slow automobile traffic on I-66 November 23, 2016 in Dunn Loring, Virginia. AAA has predicted that it will be more crowded than usual to travel this Thanksgiving with nearly 49 million Americans driving or flying to their destinations. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)


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DUNN LORING, VA – NOVEMBER 23: Slow automobile traffic on I-66 November 23, 2016 in Dunn Loring, Virginia. AAA has predicted that it will be more crowded than usual to travel this Thanksgiving with nearly 49 million Americans driving or flying to their destinations. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

“CDC is recommending against travel during the Thanksgiving Day period,” Dr. Henry Walke, Covid-19 incident manager for the CDC, told reporters in a conference call.

“Right now, especially as we are seeing exponential growth in cases and the opportunity to translocate disease or infection from one part of the country to another leads, to our recommendation to avoid travel at this time.”

“The reason that we made the update is

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CDC: Don’t travel for Thanksgiving 2020 amid coronavirus

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending against any travel, no matter how limited, for Thanksgiving this year.
  • The CDC recommended wearing masks and taking extra precautions if you’re spending Thanksgiving with people you don’t live with.
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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending against traveling — even a short distance — to have Thanksgiving with family and friends outside your household this year.

“We’re alarmed,” Dr. Henry Walke, the CDC’s COVID-19 incident manager, said on a call with reporters on Thursday announcing the guidance cautioning against Thanksgiving travel. “COVID-19 is turning out to be quite a formidable foe.”

The coronavirus is infecting tens of thousands of people across the country every day. Many areas are dealing with unprecedented COVID-19 case numbers and deaths. The disease, which often spreads quietly from people who show no symptoms, has killed

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CDC says people should not travel for Thanksgiving due to COVID-19 surges

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that people should not travel for Thanksgiving, citing the rapid increases in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations around the country. “It’s a strong recommendation,” said Henry Walke, COVID-19 Incident Manager at the CDC, during a press briefing.



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The United States is averaging over 160,000 COVID-19 cases per day, and the coronavirus is spreading out of control in most states. “We all need to consider the safest way to celebrate this holiday amidst this critical phase of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Walke said.

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The US saw spikes in cases after the Memorial Day and Labor Day holidays, and Thanksgiving poses an even larger concern: celebration usually happen indoors (where the virus spreads more easily), with multiple generations (including older adults at high risk of severe COVID-19). There’s also more virus spreading in most

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CDC urges Americans not to travel on Thanksgiving

The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday urged Americans not to during the Thanksgiving holiday as coronavirus cases continue to surge across the country. The agency’s updated guidance says the safest way to celebrate is “at home with the people you live with.”

“Gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu,” the guidance adds. “Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others this year.”

The CDC said more than 1 million virus cases were reported across the country in the last seven days. “We’re alarmed with the exponential growth in cases and we want to get these recommendations out,” Dr. Henry Walke, the agency’s COVID-19 incident manager, said in a briefing Thursday. “What we’re concerned about isn’t

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Thanksgiving: CDC says avoiding travel and gatherings is safest

“At the individual household level, what’s at stake is basically the increased chance of one of your loved ones becoming sick and then being hospitalized and dying,” said Henry Walke, the CDC’s covid-19 incident manager.

Beyond that, he said, holiday-related infections could further spread through communities, reaching other vulnerable individuals.

The CDC had previously noted the risk of holiday travel and recommended that travelers take steps including checking local restrictions, wearing a mask, maintaining distance and getting a flu shot. The new guidance says that “postponing planned travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others this year” and offers a list of questions Americans should ask themselves before making a trip.

Among those questions: whether anyone included in Thanksgiving plans is at increased risk of becoming very sick from covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, and whether cases are high or increasing or hospitals

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Here’s what the CDC and Massachusetts colleges are saying about students who plan to travel for Thanksgiving

With COVID-19 cases surging across the country and Thanksgiving approaching, officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are urging those who plan to travel to take precautions, and Massachusetts colleges are issuing their own guidance for students.

The safest way to celebrate this year is to hold virtual gatherings or spend it with people you live with, officials say. If college students decide to travel home to spend Thanksgiving with their families, it can pose varying levels of risk.

College students returning home for Thanksgiving should be considered part of a separate household, the CDC says, and there are a number of factors that contribute to the risk of spreading COVID-19 at an in-person gathering with people from different households. Among the considerations that should be weighed are the following:

  • Levels of COVID-19 where the gathering is taking place and levels of COVID-19 at the college or community
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CDC guidelines for holiday gatherings amid COVID-19

The world is full of uncertainty these days. But if your family is thinking about gathering for the holidays with friends or relatives, these answers to common questions might help you stay safe.

They’re from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but we’ve paraphrased them in plainer English.

  • What is the COVID-19 level in your community? The infection level will shape the overall risk level of your gathering.

  • Where are you gathering? Indoors is riskier than outdoors; indoors with poor air circulation is worst of all.

  • What’s the duration of your gathering? Long ones are riskier than short ones.

  • How many guests are you expecting? The fewer the people, the safer the event. Many jurisdictions have limits on how many people may gather in public.
  • Where are your guests from? “Gatherings with attendees who are traveling from different places pose a higher risk than gatherings with attendees who

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Royal Caribbean to seek volunteers for trial cruises with new CDC rules

  • The US Center for for Disease Control and Prevention lifted its no-sail order on November 1, and Royal Caribbean will be looking for volunteers to embark on trial cruises.
  • These cruises are a way to test safety guidelines the CDC has put in place to allow ships to set sail again. 
  • Most cruise ships have been at dock since March, when the coronavirus pandemic halted all travel.
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Royal Caribbean is going to be looking for volunteers to experience the new style of cruising necessitated by pandemic-era restrictions, according to Travel + Leisure.

The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention officially lifted its no-sail order on November 1 after halting all cruises in March. But cruise ships won’t be able to return to normal, as the no-sail order has been replaced with the CDC’s “Framework for Conditional Sailing Order,” which “introduces a phased

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