US CDC recommends against Thanksgiving travel amid COVID-19 cases surge

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The Trump administration continues to "socially distance" itself from some state governors and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines regarding the Thanksgiving Holiday, refraining from commenting on the matter at this week's coronavirus task force press briefing and labelling some states' restrictions as "Orwellian".

Are you or anyone you will be traveling with at an increased risk for getting very sick from COVID-19?

The CDC on Thursday released an updated version of its recommendations on how to spend the holidays amid a spike in coronavirus cases across the country.

It's a life or death matter.

The CDC issued the recommendations just one week before Thanksgiving, at a time when diagnosed infections, hospitalizations and deaths are skyrocketing across the country. Plus, 40% of infections are asymptomatic. See CDC's guidance: This, of course, will be problematic for college students returning home for the holidays.

"For Americans who decide to travel, CDC recommends doing so as safely as possible by following the same recommendations for everyday living". People can wear masks when together, and place chairs and furniture farther apart.

Ku says you should always wear a facemask in public and consider additional protection if flying. You may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can still spread COVID-19 to others.

CNBC reports Dr. Henry Walke, the CDC's Covid-19 incident manager, said he's anxious about transportation hubs where people might not practice social distancing while waiting in line for buses and planes.

During the 14 days before you travel have you or the people you'll be visiting with had close contact with people you / they don't live with?

Chattanooga attractions like Rock City have said that they're making several adjustments to ensure the safety of visitors during the holiday season. "I'm staying home and that's been hard as I have older parents who would like to see me and who would like to see my children as well", he said.

"These times are tough, it's been a long outbreak, nearly 11 months, and we understand people are exhausted", Walke said.