The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised against traveling during the Thanksgiving vacation.
Dr Henry Walke, incident manager for the CDC, made the comments in a virtual briefing with the media on Thursday.
“With Thanksgiving approaching, our hearts and minds turn to visiting family and friends,” Dr. Walke said. “In the midst of this critical phase, the CDC recommends against traveling during the Thanksgiving period.”
Dr Walke said those who decide to travel should do so “in the safest way possible”, wearing a mask and washing their hands when going to public places.
“What concerns us is not only the actual mode of transport, whether it is a plane, bus or car, but also the transport hubs which also concern us. Added Dr Walke.
Dr Erin Sauber-Schatz, head of the CDC’s Critical Response Task Force, said during the briefing that “the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is at home with your family members.
The highest levels of domestic travel in the United States typically occur during Thanksgiving, with an estimated 55 million Americans traveling on vacation in 2019. However, with coronavirus outbreaks soaring across the country, CDC officials fear. that a high volume of travel does not increase the spread of the disease.
There are 76,830 patients hospitalized with coronavirus on Thursday, a national record.
“Right now, we are in an absolutely dangerous situation that we must take very seriously,” US Assistant Secretary of Health, Dr. Brett Giroir, told MSNBC. “It’s not a crying wolf. This is the worst rate of increase in cases we have seen in the pandemic in the United States. And, at the moment, there is no sign of flattening.