As the US grapples with the third surge in the pandemic that has now killed a quarter of a million Americans, officials with the CDC are strongly recommending against travel for Thanksgiving, citing explosive growth in COVID-19 cases nationwide.
“[The] CDC is recommending against travel in the Thanksgiving period,” said Henry Walke, the CDC’s director of the Division of Preparedness and Emerging Infections, on a preholiday briefing call with reporters Thursday. “This is a strong recommendation.”
“It’s a difficult conversation and sometimes a sad one,” to tell people you are staying home, added Walke, noting people would put their families at risk by traveling to meet them.
The embattled federal public health agency also released updated guidelines for lowering the risks of transmitting the coronavirus at gatherings and safe travel for people who head for holiday gatherings despite the recommendation.