Do NOT travel for Christmas, CDC warns Americans, as White House Task Force report reveals US is at ‘historic risk’ for uncontrolled transmission of coronavirus
- The CDC has warned Americans to delay their travel plans and stay home for Christmas and the holidays
- Officials said even a small number of people traveling could lead to an increase in thousands of coronavirus cases
- The federal health service made similar recommendations over Thanksgiving that millions of Americans ignored
- For those who do travel, the CDC recommends getting tested one to three days before the trip and then three to five days after returning
- It comes as a leaked report from the White House coronavirus task force revealed that the US is at “ historic risk ” for COVID-19 transmission and that all Americans are at risk
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are warning Americans not to travel at Christmas as coronavirus cases and deaths in the US continue to soar.
Health officials are concerned that gatherings during the holiday season could lead to an increase in infections such as during Thanksgiving.
“The best thing Americans can do during the holiday season is stay home and not travel,” Dr. Henry Walke, the CDC’s incident manager for the COVID-19 response, said in a media call on Wednesday.
Cases are increasing. Hospital admissions are on the rise. Deaths are on the rise. We have to try to bend the curve, stop this exponential increase. ‘
It comes as the CDC has officially shortened the quarantine period for people exposed to the coronavirus from 14 days to between seven and 10 days, and a leaked White House report revealed that the US is at “ historic risk ” of uncontrolled transmission of the coronavirus.
The CDC has warned Americans to delay their travel plans and stay home for Christmas and the holidays. Pictured: Travelers go through security before boarding at Denver International Airport in Colorado on Nov. 24
It comes as a leaked report from the White House coronavirus task force revealed that the US is at “ historic risk ” for COVID-19 transmission and that all Americans are at risk (above)
Another CDC official said the safest thing Americans can do this holiday season is forgo travel plans and stay at home.
Dr. Cindy Friedman, chief of the CDC’s health department, said that even a small percentage of people who leave their homes can lead to thousands of cases.
“Travel is a door-to-door experience that can spread the virus during the journey to communities where travelers come or live,” she said.
“We know it’s a tough decision, and people need time to prepare, have conversations with family and friends, and make these decisions.”
Similar recommendations were made by the CDC ahead of Thanksgiving, with guidelines for staying home and delaying travel.
However, millions of Americans ignored the warnings and the number of people passing through the Travel Security Administration checkpoints at airports was at its highest level since mid-March.
For those who choose to travel, the CDC recommended getting tested for COVID-19 between one and three days before the trip and three to five days after.
In addition, those who return should not engage in non-essential activities for seven days.
It comes the same day that the CDC published new guidelines for post-exposure quarantine to the coronavirus for those who have no symptoms.
It is recommended that if you get a negative test, you can resume normal activity seven days after you were first exposed.
If you choose not to receive a test, you can resume daily activities after 10 days.
In addition, a leaked White House report was revealed that “the COVID risk for all Americans is historically high.”
“ We are in a very dangerous place, ” the task force said in the report, which was sent to the states on Tuesday and obtained by NBC News.
The report, sent to the US states every week, appeared to show the entire country as a giant hotspot, with nearly every county reporting at least 200 cases per 100,000 people.
“I have no doubt that we’ll see a rising death toll … and that’s a horrifying and tragic place to be,” said Josh Michaud, deputy director of global health policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation. The Associated Press.
“It’s going to be a very dark few weeks.”
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