The governmental Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of United States recommended this Thursday to avoid travel during the feast of Thanksgiving, within a week, to prevent the spread of the Covid-19, when the country already exceeds a quarter of a million deaths.
“As we see an exponential growth in cases, and the opportunity for the disease or infection to move from one part of the country to another, we must recommend that travel be avoided at this time,” said the director of Incidents of the covid -19 from the CDC, Henry Walke, in a call with reporters.
The official stressed that Americans should spend Thanksgiving with the other people who reside in their homes, instead of traveling.
“At the individual household level, what is at stake is basically an increasing likelihood that one of your loved ones will become ill and have to be hospitalized and pass away,” Walke said.
In their recommendation, the CDC explains that “household” means those people who have lived in the same house for at least 14 days before the celebration.
In this regard, the director of the CDC working group for Intervention in Critical Communities and Populations, Erin Sauber-Schatz, remarked that this year the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is at home and with the people with whom one lives.
“People who have not been actively living with you in the 14 days before the celebration are not considered members of your household, and therefore need to take extra precautions,” he said.
The new recommendation states that “postpone travels planning and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others this year “and poses a series of questions to citizens who may be evaluating whether or not to take a trip.
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These questions include whether cases are increasing or high in destination locations, whether hospitals are overcrowded, whether the traveler or those who are being visited have been able to be in contact with other people, or whether it is necessary to getting around take a bus, train or plane, where maintaining social distance is more difficult.
In that sense, the CDC recommendation indicates that “if the answer to any of these questions is ‘yes’ they should consider making other plans, such as organizing a virtual meeting or delay your trip. ”
In anticipation of those who do not heed its recommendation, the CDC advises that if you finally travel, you should take measures such as wearing a face mask, keeping a distance of about 1.8 meters from those who do not reside in the same household and celebrating small outdoor encounters.
About 50 million Americans plan to travel this year, 10% less than last year, most of it by road, according to the US Automobile Association (AAA).
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Air travel will be cut in half on these dates, but that means that still 2.4 million people will get on a plane on these dates.
The United States is the country in the world most affected by covid-19 with more than 11.5 million cases and more than 251,000 deaths, according to the independent count from Johns Hopkins University.