With the CDC today urging Americans to stay home over Thanksgiving, the U.S. Travel Association implored the 50 million people expected to travel next week to wear masks and heed other safety guidelines.
The CDC said in new guidance today, "Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading Covid-19. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others this year."
Citing the more than 1 million Covid-19 cases reported in the U.S. over the past seven days, the agency said, "the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people you live with. Gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of getting or spreading Covid-19 or the flu."
U.S. Travel updated its guidance for healthy and safe travel due to the nationwide spike in Covid-19 infections, placing more emphasis on transmission being mostly airborne and stating that more focus on transmission barriers is essential. Other updates include recommending people get a flu vaccine.
CEO Roger Dow said that "pandemic fatigue" is causing many Americans to lower their guard against Covid-19 because they are tired after eight months of evolving restrictions and lifestyle adjustments.
"It is extremely important to not become complacent about our health and safety practices," Dow said. "If we do, the longer this pandemic will go on."
U.S. Travel cited a AAA Travel projection that up to 50 million Americans may travel over Thanksgiving in updating the practices it says travelers and travel businesses alike should embrace.
"Public health is a shared responsibility that requires a phased and layered approach, and if you're choosing to travel, you have a major role to play," said Dow. "First and foremost: Wear a mask in public spaces. That needs to be universal at this point."