Guidelines for Traveling on Thanksgiving During COVID-19

Thanksgiving Travel
Thanksgiving Travel

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend that anyone travels for Thanksgiving, as it may increase their chances of spreading or getting COVID-19 or the flu. 

The CDC feels that as COVID-19 cases continue to increase across the United States, the safest way to spend Thanksgiving is to “celebrate at home with the people you live with.”

If you are traveling, they recommend you do these 7 things.

  1. Check travel restrictions before you travel.
  2. Get a flu shot before you go.
  3. Make sure to wear a mask when you are in public and with people who do not live in your home.
  4. Stay a minimum of six feet apart from people who do not live in your home.
  5.  Use hand sanitizer and wash your hands often.  
  6. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth, and mask.
  7. Carry extra masks and hand sanitizer with you.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, is expressing concern that Thanksgiving travelers could translate to a surge in COVID-19 cases before Christmas.

“If, in fact, you’re in a situation when you do the things that are increasing the risk,” Fauci said in a Washington Post interview, “the travel, the congregate setting, not wearing masks, the chances are that you will see a surge superimposed upon a surge. What we’re doing now is going to be reflected two, three weeks from now.”

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