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COVID-19: CDC still urges Americans not to travel during holidays
For some cases of exposure to COVID-19, the CDC simply halved the recommended isolation period.
Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned to stay home to quell coronavirus cases, more than 1.1 million people traveled at airports across the United States on Saturday, close to Wednesday’s pandemic travel record.
The US Transportation Security Administration stated that 1,128,773 people were screened the day after Christmas. This is approximately half of the number of travelers screened on the same day in 2019, which is 62,000 fewer than the 1,191,123 screened on December 23, which is the highest record on any day in the United States since the pandemic began.
The previous pandemic record was conducted on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, when 1,176,091 travelers were screened. Saturday is the fifth day of the peak period of the Christmas holiday, and the number of tourists exceeded 1 million. Many travelers set off early and the weekend before the holiday (December 18-20) was screened by more than 1 million people for three consecutive days.
According to data from Johns Hopkins, as of Sunday, there were more than 19 million COVID-19 cases and 332,700 deaths in the United States.
American CDC: Avoid traveling during winter holidays, and if needed, test for COVID-19
The CDC has previously urged Americans not to travel during winter vacation as they did before winter vacation.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 incident manager, Dr. Henry Walker, said at a press conference in early December: “The best thing for Americans to do during the upcoming holidays is to stay home instead of traveling.” The number of hospitalizations is increasing, and the number of deaths is increasing. We need to try to bend the curve to stop this exponential growth. “
Walke said that for those who decide to travel, the CDC now advises them to be tested for COVID-19 one to three days before the trip and three to five days after the trip, and to reduce unnecessary activities seven days after the trip. The agency said that those who have not been checked should reduce unnecessary activities within 10 days of travel.
Walker said that testing does not eliminate the risk of travel, but when combined with reducing unnecessary activities and other preventive measures, it can make “travel safer.” He said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) only offered general advice on travel during the pandemic before making recommendations about not traveling during the holidays: “Traveling may increase your chances of spreading and spreading COVID-19. Staying at home is protection The best way for yourself and others”
Contribution: Dawn Gilbertson
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