DO NOT travel for Christmas, CDC warns Americans as hospital admissions reach 100,000, and White House Task Force report shows the US is at "historic risk" for uncontrolled COVID transmission
- The CDC has warned Americans to postpone their travel plans and stay home for Christmas and the holiday season
- Officials said that even a small number of travelers could lead to an increase in thousands of coronavirus cases
- The Federal Health Department issued similar Thanksgiving recommendations that millions of Americans ignored
- For those traveling, the CDC recommends getting tested one to three days prior to travel and then three to five days after returning
- A leaked report from the White House Coronavirus Task Force found the US is at "historic risk" for transmitting COVID-19 and all Americans are at risk
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warn Americans against traveling for Christmas as coronavirus cases and deaths in the US continue to rise.
Health officials fear that gatherings during the holiday season could lead to a surge in infections like the one that occurred over Thanksgiving.
"The best thing Americans can do during the holiday season is stay home and not travel," said Dr. Henry Walke, the CDC's incident manager for the COVID-19 response, made a media call to reporters on Wednesday.
& # 39; Cases rise. Hospital stays are increasing. The deaths are increasing. We have to try to bend the curve and stop this exponential increase. & # 39;
The CDC has officially cut the quarantine period for people exposed to coronavirus from 14 days to seven to ten days. A leaked White House report found the US is at "historic risk" for uncontrolled transmission of coronavirus.
The CDC has warned Americans to postpone their travel plans and stay home for Christmas and the holiday season. Pictured: Travelers go through security before boarding at Denver International Airport in Colorado on November 24th
A leaked report from the White House Coronavirus Task Force found the US is at "historic risk" for transmitting COVID-19 and all Americans are at risk (see above).
Another CDC official said the safest thing Americans could do this holiday season is to skip travel plans and stay home.
Dr. Cindy Friedman, director of the CDC's travel health department, said that even a small percentage of people who leave their homes could lead to thousands of cases.
"Travel is a door-to-door experience that can spread the virus while traveling and into communities where travelers visit or live," she said.
"We know it's a tough decision and people need time to prepare, have conversations with family and friends, and make those decisions."
Similar recommendations were issued by the CDC before Thanksgiving, with instructions on how to stay home and postpone travel.
However, millions of Americans ignored the warnings and the number of people passing through the Travel Security Administration checkpoints at airports was at its highest level since mid-March.
For those who choose to travel, the CDC recommended getting tested for COVID-19 between one to three days before the trip and again three to five days after.
In addition, those who return should not engage in unnecessary activities for seven days.
On the same day, the CDC released new guidelines for quarantine after exposure to the coronavirus for those who have no symptoms.
It is recommended that if you test negative, you can resume normal activity seven days after initial exposure.
If you don't want to get a test, you can resume daily activities after 10 days.
It also revealed a leaked report from the White House "The risk of COVID for all Americans is at an all-time high."
"We are in a very dangerous place," the task force said in the report sent to and received by the states on Tuesday NBC News.
The report, which is sent to U.S. states every week, appears to portray the entire country as one giant hotspot, with almost every county reporting at least 200 cases per 100,000 people.
"I have no doubt that the death toll is going to rise … and this is a terrible and tragic place," Josh Michaud, assistant director of global health at the Kaiser Family Foundation, told The Associated Press.
"It's going to be a very dark couple of weeks."
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