Traveling for Thanksgiving? Here are some tips and recommendations – The News Journal

Americans are bracing for a holiday season like no other. The coronavirus pandemic is raging across the country, with hospitalizations and case counts higher now in most places than they ever were before.

A growing number of health officials are pointing to smaller indoor gatherings as a reason for community spread in many places. In Delaware and elsewhere, more restrictions have come down in recent weeks as we head toward what experts say could be a deadly winter with spikes in cases, hospitalizations and deaths far from over.

Resident's in Wilmington's Southbridge neighborhood get tested for coronavirus Thursday, April 23, 2020, outside of the Henrietta Johnson Medical Center.

All of this is happening as the busiest travel season in the country looms, and health officials are urging Americans to be reconsider holiday plans this week during Thanksgiving.

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“Every American needs to be vigilant in this moment,” said Dr. Deborah Birx, the coronavirus response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force during a Thursday press conference. “We know that when you are, we can mitigate this virus and stop the spread together.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended against traveling for Thanksgiving if possible.

“The tragedy that could happen is that