I am a little frustrated that this has to be said out loud.

Courtesy of CNBC:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday recommended Americans against traveling for Thanksgiving to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Dr. Henry Walke, CDC’s Covid-19 incident manager, said there is “no more important time than now for each and every American to redouble our efforts to watch our distance, wash our hands and, most importantly, wear a mask.”

“CDC is recommending against travel during the Thanksgiving period,” he said. “For Americans who decide to travel, CDC recommends doing so as safely as possible by following the same recommendations for everyday living.”

The CDC’s briefing Thursday is the agency’s first since August.

As of Wednesday, more than 79,400 people nationwide were hospitalized with Covid-19, more than at any other point during the pandemic. Hospitals in some parts of the country are overwhelmed, moving to surge capacity to provide care to as many patients as possible.

As hospitals try to handle an increasingly large load of patients, deaths caused by Covid-19 are trending upward. The CDC updated its forecast for Covid-19 deaths earlier this week to say that “newly reported COVID-19 deaths will likely increase over the next four weeks, with 7,300 to 16,000 new deaths likely to be reported in the week ending December 12, 2020.”

I have been telling people they should not fly since March. 

To me, that is an unnecessary risk unless you are traveling to receive life-saving medical care. 

My daughter lives only fifteen minutes away but we will not be spending time together during this Thanksgiving either. 

It sucks to miss out on holidays, I know. 

But I would rather not see my loved ones this holiday season than to take the risk of never being able to see them again.