US disease experts recommend Americans don't travel for Thanksgiving

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Fox News contributors Ari Fleischer and Donna Brazile provide analysis on 'America's Newsroom'. "Amid this critical phase, the CDC is recommending against travel during the Thanksgiving period".

The nation's top public health agency is advising Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving, or to spend the holiday with people with whom they are not now living.

"As we're seeing exponential growth in cases, and the opportunity to translocate disease or infection from one part of the country to another, leads to our recommendation to avoid travel at this time", Henry Walke, COVID-19 incident manager at the CDC, said in a call via CNN.

"Shelter in place now, pay attention if you're going out at all, wear your mask, and practice hand hygiene and social distancing", said Dr. William Schaffner at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

An updated version of the guidelines was posted to the CDC website on Thursday.

"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", the CDC said.

Though recommending Thanksgiving celebrations to be virtual this year, the CDC recommended that those who do celebrate with others in person bring their "own food, drinks, plates, cups, and utensils", and wear masks. The U.S. has added close to 2 million new cases in the past two weeks and is averaging more than 1,000 deaths a day from Covid-19.

Health officials at the agency also urged families of college students who are returning home for the holiday to be extra cautious because they'll be gathering with people outside of their normal communities.

This is a developing story.