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CDC Warns Americans To Avoid Travel And Stay Home For New Year’s Eve

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The Center For Disease Control  (CDC) has warned all Americans to stay home for New Year's Eve and avoid traveling. 

“The Winter Holidays and New Year’s Eve are times when many people travel long distances to celebrate with family and friends. Travel increases the chance of getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19,” reads the statement from the CDC. “Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others.” 

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So far the warning for the most part has seemed to fallen on deaf ears in the U.S. as nearly 10 million people have flown in the last 10 days alone. 

The Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci stated that the U.S. is at a critical point and that travel over the holidays could already be leading to America's deadliest days of the pandemic yet.

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All of the warnings come as the United States counts down to New Years Eve. The CDC is asking the public to ‘avoid large gatherings' and ‘celebrate at home' for New Years. 

If Americans must travel for the New Year, the CDC has set out guidelines to help protect travelers from contracting and spreading Covid-19 including staying 6 feet from those around you at the airport and always wearing a mask.

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New Variant of COVID-19 Is More Contagious

To top off the increased risk of contracting and spreading Covid-19 during travel, a new variant of Covid-19 has began spreading worldwide.

The new variant is more contagious and spreads faster than the original strain. The new variant has already been found in many countries around the world including the UK, Japan and Canada

New York's New Year's Eve Celebration Closed To Public

One of the most famous New Year's Eve party in Times Square, New York will look very different this year. Those looking to attend the famous ball drop are being reminded that the event is closed to the public and that it can be enjoyed virtually from home. 

2021 Could Start With A Surge Upon Surge of Infections In The U.S.

Dr. Anthony Fauci is warning that things could get even worse in the coming weeks.

“As we get into the next few weeks, it might actually get worse,” Fauci said. “We very well might see a post-seasonal, in the sense of a Christmas and New Year’s surge, and as I’ve described it, as a surge upon a surge.” 

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As of Sunday morning, more than 19 million Americans have been infected with COVID-19 and more than 332,000 people have died.

Over the past week, the United States saw an average of 189,578 new cases per day and 2,250 deaths daily. 

American tourist wearing a mask during covid19 on escalator

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Stephen White

Tuesday 29th of December 2020

My wife and I are not staying at home for NYE, but we're going to her sister's house, who lives about 10 miles away. Is that OK with the CDC? May I go visit my own relatives, pretty please? Or will I be tracked by the government and thrown in prison? So sick of this nonsense already.


Wednesday 30th of December 2020

Amen my friend.