Henry Walke, the CDC's director of the Division of Preparedness and Emerging Infections, told reporters, "This is a strong recommendation."
COVID-19 is now killing more than 1,100 people every day nationwide. Case numbers are growing exponentially amid a spike in disease in most states.
Walke said it can be "a difficult conversation and sometimes a sad one" to tell people you are staying home. "I haven't seen my parents since January. That's been difficult," he added. "I'm staying home."
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SHOULD YOU FLY?
Airlines say flying during COVID-19 is safe. The science isn't quite so certain.
As the holidays approach, a lot of people are contemplating the decision to take a flight. Is it safe? Is it dangerous? We should all know by now that science provides no such direct answers.
Research shows that the virus can float indoors in tiny particles and infect those nearby. The good news: Studies suggest that the chances of inhaling these aerosols and catching COVID-19 on a plane are low, thanks in large part to powerful ventilation systems and strict mask-wearing requirements.
But the risk is not zero. And some of these studies assume conditions that don't necessarily exist in the real world, like that everyone will wear their mask during the whole flight.
At the end of the day, experts say, it probably is low-risk to fly — even if the airline industry has stretched some of the conclusions that can be drawn from the science.