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With Covid-19 cases spiking, the CDC warns Americans against traveling for Thanksgiving
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With Covid-19 cases spiking, the CDC warns Americans against traveling for Thanksgiving

CDC advises against traveling for Thanksgiving. With cases spiking across the country, the CDC recommends that Americans do not travel for the holidays.

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Americans should avoid travel for Thanksgiving, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Thursday.

It was a last-minute attempt by the nation's leading public health agency to curb what's sure to be yet another dangerous spike in Covid-19 cases if families gather next week.

"In the last week, we've seen over a million new cases," Erin Sauber-Schatz, head of the CDC's Community Interventions and Critical Populations Task Force, said Thursday on a call with reporters. "Thanksgiving is a week away."

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Still, the CDC stopped short of mandating that Americans refrain from traveling.

"It's not a requirement. It's a recommendation for the American public to consider," Dr. Henry Walke, the CDC's Covid-19 incident manager, said on the call. "Right now, especially as we're seeing this sort of exponential growth in cases, and the opportunity to translocate disease or infection from one part of the country to another, it leads to our recommendation to avoid travel at this time."