CDC Recommends Against Traveling for Thanksgiving

Headline Roundup November 20th, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending against traveling for Thanksgiving this year, with updated official guidance saying that "Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others this year." While the new guidance is not mandatory, the CDC's Dr. Henry Walke called it "a strong recommendation." However, some states and local governments are implementing mandatory restrictions. CDC officials said the new guidance was the result of a recent spike in COVID-19 coronavirus cases, which has seen over a million new cases per week and record hospitalizations.

Coverage was mostly balanced on all sides. Coverage in some left-rated outlets mentioned some public health officials' disagreements with President Donald Trump. Coverage in some right-rated outlets simplified the CDC's guidance as "the best plan for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday is no plan."

CDC Recommends Against Traveling for Thanksgiving

From the Center
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With the coronavirus surging out of control, the nation’s top public health agency pleaded with Americans on Thursday not to travel for Thanksgiving and not to spend the holiday with people from outside their household.

The Thanksgiving warning from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention came as the White House coronavirus task force held a briefing for the first time in months and Vice President Mike Pence concluded it without responding to questions by reporters or urging Americans not to travel.

Other members of the task force — whose...

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From the Left
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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."

Still, the CDC stopped short of mandating that Americans...

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From the Right
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said Thursday that people should not travel for Thanksgiving, citing fears that holiday celebrations could further spread the coronavirus amid a sharp rise in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths.

"More than 1 million COVID-19 cases were reported in the United States over the last 7 days," the CDC wrote in a statement issued 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."

Last week, AAA...

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