JUST IN: CDC Advises Against Travel For Thanksgiving to Stop Coronavirus Spread

Clay Curtis
November 21, 2020

Does your destination have restrictions for travelers, have the people you're visiting had close contact with others, and will you be traveling by bus, train or airplane, which would make social distancing hard? Not traveling and staying home is the best way to keep yourself, and others, healthy this year.

"Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19".

Are cases high or increasing in your community, or the community of your destination?

"Don't travel if you are sick or if you have been around someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days".

MA officials, including Governor Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin J. Walsh, have also recently asked people to celebrate with only the people they live with. Do your plans include travelling by bus, train, or flight where it will be hard to maintain social distancing?

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If you answer any one of these questions with a yes, the CDC recommends "making other plans, such as hosting a virtual gathering or delaying your travel".

Get a flu shot before you travel. "Wear a mask and safely store your mask while eating and drinking". I think we've seen so many problems with mental health and not just physical health, you know, that comes from this pandemic. Avoid gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol). Whatever the case may be, here's to a happy and safe Thanksgiving for you and yours. And another info-graphic with some other different safer Thanksgiving activities here.

But the typically busy season is why the CDC is pleading with Americans to avoid travel this year, as increased contact at airports and onboard airplanes, combined with family gatherings, provide more-than-ideal circumstances for COVID-19 to be passed on.

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