The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention held its first briefing since August Thursday morning, and issued a new advisory: the federal agency is advising Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving, in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Dr. Henry Walke, the CDC’s COVID-19 incident manager, said, "The CDC is recommending against travel during the Thanksgiving period. For Americans who decide to travel, CDC recommends doing so as safely as possible by following the same recommendations for everyday living."
He added, 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."
The CDC now projects that "newly reported COVID-19 deaths will likely increase over the next four weeks, with 7,300 to 16,000 new deaths likely to be reported in the week ending December 12, 2020."
The advisory comes after Johns Hopkins data revealed on Wednesday that there were 170,100 new cases of the virus, the second-highest one-day spike reported to date. It was also reported on Wednesday that there have been 250,000 deaths in the U.S. from the virus.