The CDC has updated their guidance on Thanksgiving travel, urging people not to travel for Thanksgiving.
On Thursday, the CDC issued its strongest warning yet - please stay home this Thanksgiving.
The agency is urging Americans to avoid any Thanksgiving travel, as coronavirus cases, hospitalizations, and deaths allsurge to record highs.
For those that do host a Turkey Day gathering, the CDC recommends holding it outside if possible, using facemasks and social distancing, and having just one person serve the food.
CDC official Dr. Erin Sauber-Schatz said “The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is at home with the people in your household".
According to Dr. Henry Walke of the CDC:
"Especially as we're seeing exponential growth in cases and the opportunity to translocate disease or infection from one part of the country to another,"
This new guidance takes a stronger position, as their former statement simply listed best practices. See their former statement:
#COVID19 cases are rising. Average daily cases are up 43% compared to the previous 7 days, with 94% of U.S. jurisdictions seeing more cases. This Thanksgiving, help slow the spread: gather outdoors, wear a mask, stay 6 feet apart. See more: https://bit.ly/36EDJQI