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. – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that Americans not travel for Thanksgiving and has released updated guidelines for celebrating the holiday safely.
“The CDC recommends against traveling during the Thanksgiving period,” Dr. Henry Walke, a covid-19 incident manager for the CDC, told reporters in a conference call.
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“Right now, especially as we are seeing exponential growth in cases and the opportunity to transfer disease or infection from one part of the country to another leads to our recommendation to avoid travel at this time.”
People who travel should wear masks, stay away from others, and wash their hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.
“What’s at stake is the increased chance that one of your loved ones will get sick and then be hospitalized and pass away during the holidays,” Walke said.
People come together in multi-generational groups, and someone in that gathering could have diabetes or kidney disease, or just be older and more vulnerable, Walke said. Furthermore, 40% of infections are asymptomatic.
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“One of our concerns is that people during the Christmas season will gather and they may actually be bringing the infection with them to that little gathering and not even know it,” Walke said.
Walke said he will not visit his own family. “I haven’t seen my parents since January. I stay home and have older parents who would like to see me and who would also like to see my children, ”she said.