With less than a week separating Americans from their Turkey Day traditions, the CDC has unveiled their latest recommendations for Thanksgiving, and they aren’t what Americans were hoping to hear.
This has been a hellish year, if we’re big honest. From Saint Patrick’s Day to now we’ve been living in a bubble of fear and worry on account of the coronavirus pandemic. We’re not sure when, (or if), this ugly reality will end, and a great many of us have taken sides in the debate over what precautions are appropriate at this time.
Now that we’re staring down the barrel of the holiday season, the CDC has released new guidelines on what they think is acceptable behavior over the next few weeks.
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 media briefings were a daily fixture during the early days of the outbreak — talked about the progress being made in the development of a vaccine.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech will seek emergency government approval for their coronavirus vaccine on Friday. And infection disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci sought to reassure the public that the vaccine is safe while still encouraging Americans to wear masks.
This marks the most stringent and stern language that the CDC has used in recent weeks, and the guidance comes at a time when many Americans were hoping to ignore the virus in order to gather with their families.