CDC Tells Americans to ‘Stay at Home and Not Travel’ for Christmas

by Mary Rose Corkery


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discouraged Americans from Christmas travel due to the coronavirus pandemic during a telephone press conference Wednesday.

“We did put out a message to postpone and stay at home […] around Thanksgiving and we’re putting out the same message: The best thing for Americans to do in the upcoming holiday season is to stay at home and not travel,” Dr. Henry Walke, director of the Division of Preparedness and Emerging Infections (DPEI) in the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, said in the briefing.

Walke said that the CDC has guidance concerning travel should people decide to do so, and said that the CDC is “releasing guidance related to consider testing before and after travel” on Wednesday.

The CDC’s guidance discourages travel to avoid the coronavirus, but recommends testing should someone choose to travel, according to the organization’s website. The CDC encouraged people to weigh “getting tested” within certain days before and after traveling.

Dr. Cindy Friedman, chief of the Travelers’ Health Branch at the CDC, said they have guidance for families and friends weighing whether to travel during the pandemic, according to the transcript.

“I think it’s a good thing that people have options to prevent infection and they can take time now before the Christmas holidays. We have several weeks to really think about the safest option for them and their family, which we think is to postpone travel. And then we’ve outlined all the other measures that they can take if they do have to travel,” Friedman said at the briefing.

Despite CDC guidance urging Americans to avoid traveling during Thanksgiving, a TSA spokesperson said over 1.17 million travelers on Sunday went through airport security checkpoints, the most travelers in a single day since the mid-March.

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3 Thoughts to “CDC Tells Americans to ‘Stay at Home and Not Travel’ for Christmas”

  1. LM

    We’re going to keep beating the dead horse to death. Hopefully enough people have realized , or will realize the uselessness of the tactics being imposed. The CDC itself says that the actual case number is likely 10 times and possibly 20 times what is detected- that’s assuming test accuracy. If that is the case, then the actual death rate is 10 to 20 times less than what it appears to be based on case numbers. If the exaggeration of COVID death rates are lumped in with that , the death rate is decreased even more. If you agree with the herd immunity theory , and the cases really are 20 times what is detected , then the U.S. is approaching the 75% to 80% threshold already – and before the vaccines roll out – sorry , Bill.

  2. 83ragtop50

    I will go and go when and where I want to.

  3. David Blackwell RN, BSN

    Tell the CDC to kiss your know what. Rockefeller Medicine has un ranked 37th in the world. Houston, I think we have a problem. Gate / Rockefeller / MSNBC. Houston, can you read me?