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CDC Just Said Avoid This "If At All Possible"

Unless it is essential, stay home, urges the CDC.
FACT CHECKED BY Emilia Paluszek
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Since the start of the pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has made it their mission to educate Americans about every aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the many ways they have done so is by clearly identifying places, behaviors, or situations that could increase the risk of transmission. During Monday's White House COVID-19 Response Team Briefing, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the CDC, urged Americans to avoid doing one thing in order to protect themselves and others during the pandemic. Read on to find out what it is—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

Dr. Rochelle Walensky Urges People "to Not Travel"

On Sunday, United States Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg appeared on Axios on HBO, discussing the likelihood of a federal mandate that would require people to get a pre-flight COVID test before boarding a domestic flight. "Well, there's an active conversation with the CDC right now," he said. "What I can tell you is, it's going to be guided by data, by science, by medicine and by the input of the people who are actually going to have to carry this out."

When asked about his comments, Dr. Walensky didn't directly respond to them, but issued her own advice in regard to traveling and safety measures, pointing out that mandatory testing can only help the situation. 

"The more screening that we're doing in places where people are gathering, I think the more asymptomatic disease we will be detecting," she pointed out. "Certainly there's a lot more gathering that happens in airports and so to the extent that we have available tests to be able to do testing. First and foremost, I would really encourage people to not travel. But if we are traveling, this would be yet another mitigation measure to try and decrease the spread."

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How to Stay Healthy During the Pandemic

So follow the CDC's fundamentals and help end this surge, no matter where you live—wear a face mask, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.