The US recommends not traveling over Thanksgiving

The US recommends not traveling over Thanksgiving

The travel recommendation is a "strong recommendation", not a requirement, CDC official Henry Walke said on a call with reporters on Thursday (Nov 19).

The CDC says if the answer to any of the above is "yes", then you should delay your travel and stay home.

The government agency said it was making the recommendation after many states across the country have experienced a surge in coronavirus cases in recent weeks. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the USA saw its highest daily death toll in more than six months, with at least 1,707 fatalities being reported on Tuesday.

More than 250,000 people have died from virus in the US, with more than 11 million contracting the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University.

"The tragedy that could happen is that one of your family members, from coming together in this family gathering actually could end up being hospitalized and severely ill and die", he said.

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While the CDC recommended virtual gatherings, for those who do gather in person, guests should bring their own food and utensils and celebrate outdoors if possible, it said.

If families do decide to include returning college students, military service members, or others in a gathering, the CDC is recommending that hosting families take added precautions.

"Gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu".

Are hospitals in your community or the community you will be visiting overwhelmed with patients who have COVID-19? Wearing a mask in public settings and at events is one of the main message points it hopes to get across. "Don't travel with someone who is sick". "I'm staying home and that's been hard as I have older parents who would like to see me and who would like to see my children as well", he said.

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