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.”
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