Saturday 5 December, 2020

CDC pleads with Americans: Don't travel for Thanksgiving

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has urged Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to an AP report the US top public health agency has pleaded with Americans to avoid travelling for Thanksgiving or spending it with people with whom they do not currently live as the apprehensive countdown to a pandemic holiday continues. 

The CDC released the recommendations one week before the traditional family gathering celebration. The pleas came at a time when diagnosed with coronavirus infections, hospitalisations, and deaths are skyrocketing across the US. The CDC has said gatherings should be outdoors if possible, with people staying six feet apart, wearing masks and just one person serving food.

The US continues to lead the world in coronavirus infections with 12 million recorded cases and more than 250,000 deaths. 

This week travel insurance site Squaremouth reported an increase in domestic travel by Americans for the week of Thanksgiving despite the pandemic. 

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