CDC Urges Americans Not to Travel for Thanksgiving due to COVID-19

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(CBS NEWS) – The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday urged Americans not to travel during the Thanksgiving holiday as coronavirus cases continue to surge across the country.

The agency’s updated guidance says the safest way to celebrate is “at home with the people you live with.”

“Gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu,” the guidance adds. “Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others this year.”

The CDC said more than 1 million virus cases were reported across the country in the last seven days. “We’re alarmed with the exponential growth in cases and we want to get these recommendations out,” Dr. Henry Walke, the agency’s COVID-19 incident manager, said in a briefing Thursday. “What we’re concerned about isn’t just the actual mode of travel but also the transportation hubs.”

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