CDC Thanksgiving Guidelines Urge Caution as Americans Prepare for Holiday

The CDC has published a lengthy list of considerations for Americans who are attending or hosting holiday gatherings

If people are still planning to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, the CDC has a series of questions on their website for travelers and family members to consider before going ahead with travel plans.

The CDC says that 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. "Wear a mask and safely store your mask while eating and drinking".

Whether or not there is travel involved, the CDC also recommends some safety precautions when celebrating Thanksgiving with a group of people.

Already the public health agency recommended for people to only celebrate the holiday within their household or virtually to prevent a spread of the novel virus in communities. The country also recorded 1m new coronavirus cases last week alone, and there are now over 11.5 million reported cases of Covid-19.

"It's a strong recommendation", said Dr. Henry Walke, COVID-19 Incident Manager for the agency.

On Wednesday, the United States surpassed more than 250,000 deaths from the novel virus, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Instead, Thanksgiving should be spent with only people living in their household, with "household" clarified to mean those who have been living in the same home for at least 14 days before the gathering. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the US saw its highest daily death toll in more than six months, with at least 1,707 fatalities being reported on Tuesday.

The updated guidance comes as COVID-19 cases and deaths are on the rise in the country.

Walke, who spent two years working as a family practitioner in rural Alaska, said "The tragedy that could happen is that one of your family members is coming to this family gathering and they could end up severely ill, hospitalized or dying". "COVID-19 is turning out to be quite a formidable foe".