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Chapter : COVID-19: CDC and President Trump Remark on Virus and Holiday Travel : November 13, November 19, and December 2, 2020
COVID-19: CDC and President Trump Remark on Virus and Holiday Travel : November 13, November 19, and December 2, 2020
Public health experts had long warned that until a majority of the U.S. population could be vaccinated against COVID-19, communities were at risk of infections rising if they reopened without the proper precautions in place and if a virus-weary public began relaxing mask wearing and social distancing. Specifically, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) worried that Americans would travel for the Thanksgiving and winter holidays and gather inside, further spreading the virus. As the president continued to advocate for getting back to normal, the CDC recommended ...