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

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As coronavirus cases spike across much of the country, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its holiday guidelines recommending that people refrain from traveling for Thanksgiving and wear masks around the dinner table.

"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", the CDC said. "Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others this year". Citing the 1 million new cases of coronavirus reported in the USA 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".

The travel recommendation is a "strong recommendation", not a requirement, CDC official Henry Walke said on a call with reporters on Thursday (Nov 19). "What we're concerned about isn't just the actual mode of travel but also the transportation hubs".

More than 250,000 people have died from virus in the US, with more than 11 million contracting the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University.

"We're alarmed with the exponential increase in cases, hospitalisations, and deaths", Walke said.

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The American Automobile Association forecasts around 50 million Americans will travel for Thanksgiving this year.

The new guidance then outlined detailed questions people should ask themselves before deciding to travel, including whether you or the people you're visiting are vulnerable, whether the place you are traveling from or going to has a high number of cases, and whether the place you're traveling from or going to has hospital capacity problems.

Also consider if your way of traveling - by bus, train, plane - will make staying 6 feet apart hard.

Instead, Americans should "consider making other plans, such as hosting a virtual gathering or delaying your travel".

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