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CDC asks Americans not to travel on Thanksgiving weekend due to coronavirus


CDC asks Americans not to travel on Thanksgiving weekend due to coronavirus

The CDC recommends reviewing travel restrictions before embarking on a Thanksgiving trip.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that Americans not travel during the weekend of Thanksgiving to prevent further spread of coronavirus.

The location of the agency goes hand in hand with updated disease prevention guides to more safely celebrate the traditional holiday.

The new guidelines specify that more than 1 million cases of coronavirus have been reported in the nation in the past seven days.

This Tuesday, the country that leads the figures in terms of positive diagnoses and deaths, exceeded the figure of 11 million confirmed cases.

In terms of deaths, the US also leads the numbers with more than 250,000 deceased victims of the disease.

“Because cases are increasing rapidly throughout the US, the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is at home with the people you live with,” says the most recent call from the CDC from its website.

“Meetings with family and friends who do not live in the same house can increase the risks of catching or transmitting COVID-19 or the ‘flu’,” they add from the website.

“CDC recommends not traveling during the Thanksgiving Day period,” insisted Dr. Henry Walke, COVID-19 case manager for the CDC in a conference call with reporters Thursday.

“Right now, especially when we are seeing an exponential growth in cases and the opportunity to translocate the disease from one part of the country to another, we recommend avoiding traveling this season,” explained the expert.

Walke highlighted the possibility that infections impact the groups most vulnerable to the disease, such as the elderly with pre-existing conditions

“What is at stake is a greater probability that one of our loved ones will get sick, have to be hospitalized and die during these festivities,” the specialist warned.

Even singing can be dangerous

Previously, the CDC issued an advisory so that preferably, people do not gather in droves with other family members in homes or confined spaces.

In case of opting for family encounters, as part of the guidelines, the agency attached to the federal Department of Health urged Americans to avoid yelling, Christmas songs and even hugs, since through these actions the respiratory droplets that transmit the virus can spread more easily.

“Consuming alcohol or drugs that can alter judgment makes it more difficult to practice security measures against COVID-19,” the entity added in a previous statement.

But, if you decide to travel …

If, regardless of the suggestions, you decide to travel between Thursday, November 26, and Sunday, the CDC recommends the following:

1. Check the travel restriction before leaving.
2. Get vaccinated against influenza.
3. Always wear a mask in public spaces, when using public transportation, and while meeting people you do not live with.
4. Keep at least 6 feet away of everyone who does not reside with you.
5. Wash hands continuously and use sanitizing gel.
6. Avoid touching the mask, eyes, nose, and mouth.
7. Bring extra supplies like masks and sanitizer gel.
8. Follow the prompts on when it is convenient to delay a trip.

For more information from the CDC related to the celebration of Thanksgiving, you can click this link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/thanksgiving.html

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