Cases of COVID-19 continue to increase across the country, with experts anticipating another surge following the Thanksgiving holiday. In hopes of keeping Americans healthy and saving lives, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is tightening up their travel guidance, urging Americans to diligently test themselves before and after any trips across state lines. “It is important for people to keep themselves and their families as safe as possible,” Henry Walke, MD, COVID-19 Incident Manager, explained during a Wednesday press conference. “CDC recommends that the best way to protect yourself and others is to postpone travel and stay home.” Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.
The CDC Advises You Take Extreme Precautions
Realistically, the governmental health organization knows that many will travel anyway, so they are asking anyone who does to take extreme precaution.
“If you do decide to travel, CDC recommends that travelers consider getting tested one to three days before travel. And then again, three to five days after travel,” he explained. In addition, people should reduce “non essential activities” for a full seven days after travel. “If travelers do not get tested after traveling, CDC recommends reducing non essential activities for 10 days.”
Additionally if an individual becomes symptomatic during or after traveling, “please follow CDC and local guidance about what to do,” he urged. “If you get sick, testing does not eliminate all risks, but when combined with reducing non essential activities, symptom screening, and continuing with precautions like wearing masks, social distancing, and hand-washing, it can make travel safer.”
He also reminded Americans to continue the fundamentals, which include “wear a mask, maintain social distance, staying 6 feet apart from people who don’t live with you, avoiding crowds and indoor spaces, and washing your hands often.”
“Even as vaccines become available, taking these protective actions is critical until COVID-19 vaccination becomes widely adopted,” he reminded.
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The CDC Knows This is Hard But Do It, For Your Fellow Human
“We know it’s a hard decision and that people need to have time to prepare and have discussions with family and friends and to make these decisions, and people travel for different reasons, but our recommendations are trying to help give them the tools they need to make these tough choices,” mentioned another official later on during the Q&A. “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.” So do so, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don’t miss these 35 Places You’re Most Likely to Catch COVID.