The CDC Wants You to Limit Your Travel for Thanksgiving
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges you to limit your travel this holiday season.
The holidays are usually the perfect time to reconnect with family and friends. Of course, this year we're dealing with the pandemic, so traveling can be a risky adventure.
The CDC's Dr. Henry Walke said in a Thursday briefing, “We understand that people want to see their family and relatives and do it as they’ve always done it. But this year we’re asking them to limit their travel."
According to the CDC website, "More than 1 million COVID-19 cases were reported in the United States over the last 7 days. As cases continue to increase rapidly across the United States, the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people you live with."
But for those who will be traveling over the upcoming holiday, the CDC says you should ask these questions first.
- Are you, someone in your household, or someone you will be visiting at increased risk for getting very sick from COVID-19?
- Are cases high or increasing in your community or your destination?
- Are hospitals in your community or your destination overwhelmed with patients who have COVID-19?
- Does your home or destination have requirements or restrictions for travelers?
- During the 14 days before traveling, have you or those you are visiting had close contact with people they don’t live with?
- Do your plans include traveling by bus, train, or air which might make staying 6 feet apart difficult?
- Are you traveling with people who don’t live with you?
If you've answered "yes" to any of these questions, you should not be traveling over the holidays.
This holiday season, do the smart thing. Putting yourself or others at risk can be dangerous or even deadly. Play it safe!