CDC Urges Americans Not to Travel for Thanksgiving Amid Rise in COVID-19 Cases

The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control on Thursday released new guidance on traveling amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Officials with the agency said during a press briefing that traveling could increase someone’s chances of getting or spreading COVID-19. “We understand that people want to see their family and relatives and do it as they’ve always done it. But this year we’re asking them to limit their travel,” CDC’s Dr. Henry Walke said in the briefing.

According to the CDC website, “More than 1 million COVID-19 cases were reported in the United States over the last 7 days. as cases continue to increase rapidly across the United States, the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people you live with.”

Ask yourself the following important questions before making travel plans.

  • Are you, someone in your household, or someone you will be visiting at increased risk for getting very sick from COVID-19?
  • Are cases high or increasing in your community or your destination?
  • Are hospitals in your community or your destination overwhelmed with patients who have COVID-19?
  • Does your home or destination have requirements or restrictions for travelers?
  • During the 14 days before traveling, have you or those you are visiting had close contact with people they don’t live with?
  • Do your plans include traveling by bus, train, or air which might make staying 6 feet apart difficult?
  • Are you traveling with people who don’t live with you?

The CDC said if anyone answers “yes” to the above questions, they should not travel and should consider making other plans like a virtual dinner or delaying the trip.

Get more tips to stay safe this Thanksgiving here.