The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended against traveling to see family for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, inspiring both protests and dire warnings.
“CDC is recommending against travel during the Thanksgiving period,” Dr. Henry Walke, the CDC’s incident manager, said during a Thursday press briefing.
Walke said those who opt to travel should do so “as safely as possible,” but he warned there are concerns about “transportation hubs” leading to a spike in Covid-19 cases, as well as deaths.
“One of our concerns is that as people over the holiday season get together, they may actually be bringing infections with them to that small gathering and not even know it,” he said.
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“What’s at stake,” he warned, “is basically [the] increased chance of one of your loved ones becoming sick and then hospitalized and dying.”
Walke added that 30 to 40 percent of the spread is driven by people who are asymptomatic.
This “strong recommendation,” however, is not a requirement, so the CDC has published guidance for those that will travel anyway, which includes wearing a mask at all times except when eating or drinking, hosting a limited event outdoors but still remaining six feet apart, and having only one person serving food.
The CDC’s warning follows multiple cities and states enacting new restrictions to combat the potential of increased cases of the virus during the holiday season, when travel typically spikes.
Chicago has put forth a stay-at-home order and recommended canceling traditional Thanksgiving celebrations, and states like New York and California have put limits on the number of people who can be present in one household.
The CDC’s briefing has split reactions, with some people warning their peers to cancel holiday plans and take the advice seriously, and others accusing public officials of hypocrisy, pointing at health experts being more tolerant of mass protests, which have raged in major cities in the US for months now.
“We’ve postponed SO MANY THINGS this year, can we please postpone family gatherings for THANKSGIVING?” author and journalist Dan Rather tweeted.
We’ve postponed SO MANY THINGS this year, can we please postpone family gatherings for THANKSGIVING? To when we can be thankful for a vaccine? And science? And having saved the lives of thousands of our fellow Americans? Please. PLEASE. We’re close. We can get there. But not yet.
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) November 19, 2020
BREAKING: CDC recommends against Thanksgiving travel.
You are seeing the first stages of a CDC being permitted to do their jobs.
— Andy Slavitt @ 🏡🇺🇸 (@ASlavitt) November 19, 2020
The C.D.C. Urges Americans to Avoid Thanksgiving Travelhttps://t.co/IYX1cmxvk5
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) November 19, 2020
“Good thing the CDC lost all credibility a long time ago. Nobody with a brain trusts their BS anymore – sad it came down to this,” Blaze reporter Elijah Schaffer countered.
Spend Thanksgiving with your family or friends
Don’t buy into the feardemic
Do not stay home alone
Travel where you need to
Take whatever precautions you need to
Hug those you love
Eat + Drink + Celebrate
You aren’t a prisoner in your own country
Be free. Live life
— ELIJAH SCHAFFER (@ElijahSchaffer) November 19, 2020
These are the people telling you Thanksgiving Dinner is against the law. pic.twitter.com/t3kTaugCv0
— RAMZPAUL (@ramzpaul) November 19, 2020
But gathering at a mass protest was fine as long as you wore a mask. https://t.co/OJhTlqmxla
— Augustus Caesar (@Caesar63BC) November 19, 2020
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