The travel recommendation is a "strong recommendation", not a requirement, CDC official Henry Walke said on a call with reporters on Thursday (Nov 19). COVID-19 cases are rising exponentially across the country and hospitals in parts of the Midwest and the West, in particular, are once again close to full capacity. "For Americans who decide to travel, CDC recommends doing so as safely as possible by following the same recommendations for everyday living".
"It is the right advice". "What we're concerned about is not only the actual mode of travel - whether it's an airplane or bus or auto - but also the transportation hubs we're concerned about, as well".
If non-household members of the family are planning to attend your Thanksgiving gathering, the agency recommends that attendees wear masks, social distance, wash hands often, bring their own food, drinks, plates and utensils, avoiding going in and out of areas where food is being prepared or handled, and to opt for single-use products like salad dressings and condiment packets.
If celebrating indoors, it recommends that Americans open windows and put fans in front of open windows to pull fresh air into the room where guests are sitting.
Thanksgiving is usually one of the busiest travel periods in the country, though the CDC is advising against it this year. Shares in airlines and hotel companies have plummeted since the outbreak began as government officials have advised against unnecessary travel.
The CDC on Thursday released an updated version of its recommendations on how to spend the holidays amid a spike in coronavirus cases across the country.
The American Automobile Association forecasts around 50 million Americans will travel for Thanksgiving this year. "COVID-19 is turning out to be quite a formidable foe".