When should I get a COVID test before Thanksgiving dinner?

Grant Boone
November 20, 2020

Citing the wave of coronavirus surging across the nation, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials on Thursday advised people not to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday.

"Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19", the agency says on its website.

"Always wear a mask in public settings, when using public transportation, and when around people who you don't live with, the guidance continues".

Though recommending Thanksgiving celebrations to be virtual this year, the CDC recommended that those who do celebrate with others in person bring their "own food, drinks, plates, cups, and utensils", and wear masks.

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"Our hope is that the recommendations posted online today can help people celebrate as safely as possible - all Americans want to do the right things to protect our families, even when there are hard decisions to be made", he said.

CNBC reports Dr. Henry Walke, the CDC's Covid-19 incident manager, said he's anxious about transportation hubs where people might not practice social distancing while waiting in line for buses and planes.

If families do decide to include returning college students, military service members, or others in a gathering, the CDC is recommending that hosting families take added precautions.

The updated guidance comes as COVID-19 cases and deaths are on the rise in the country. Citing the 1 million new cases of coronavirus reported in the US last week, the agency said the safest way to mark Thanksgiving this year would be "to celebrate at home with the people you live with". In addition, more people are now hospitalized with the virus than at any point during the pandemic, which has now led to the deaths of more than 250,000 Americans.

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