CDC Pleads With Americans to Stay Home on Thanksgiving

It is the first time that the agency has warned people away from traditional holiday celebrations.
November 24, 2020

Faced with a seemingly unstoppable surge in coronavirus infections, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Nov. 19 urged Americans to avoid travel for Thanksgiving and to celebrate only with members of their immediate households.

Dr. Henry Walke, the CDC’s COVID-19 incident manager, says there is “no more important time than now for each and every American to redouble our efforts to watch our distance, wash our hands and, most importantly, wear a mask.” He also said the agency is concerned “about the transportation hubs” because people won’t be able to maintain social distancing while waiting in line, for example, to board buses and planes.

The plea, delivered at the first C.D.C. news briefing in months, arrived as many Americans were packing their bags for one of the most heavily traveled weeks of the year. It is the first time that the agency has warned people away from traditional holiday celebrations. -more-

 


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