Don’t travel for Thanksgiving, CDC says in coronavirus update

CDC updates coronavirus Thanksgiving guidance, urges against travel

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cautioned Americans Thursday against traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday next week, as the coronavirus spreads out of control.

The travel advice is a "strong recommendation", not a requirement, CDC official Henry Walke said on a call with reporters.

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

He said officials were alarmed "with the exponential increase in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths".

"It is the right advice".

"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 guidelines state. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the US saw its highest daily death toll in more than six months, with at least 1,707 fatalities being reported on Tuesday. "There are some that will travel nonetheless, but, hopefully, they will put in place some common-sense measures to limit the damage the virus can cause".

Shares in airlines and hotel companies have plummeted since the beginning of the outbreak as public officials have advised against unnecessary travel.

The American Automobile Association forecasts around 50 million Americans will travel for Thanksgiving this year.

"CDC is recommending against travel during the Thanksgiving period", Walke said Thursday.

For overnight guests, the CDC recommends assessing for risk for infection, wearing masks while inside the house, improving ventilation, avoiding singing or shouting indoors, avoiding interactions with household pets, monitoring guests for symptoms, and spending time outdoors.

Governors in Washington State, Oregon, New Mexico, Kentucky, Michigan, New York and New Jersey have rolled out new COVID-19 restrictions due to spikes in cases.

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