Unvaccinated Should Not Travel on During Labor Day Weekend, Says CDC

Even the Vaccinated Population Needs to Consider Staying Home

By Kurt Stolz on 1 September 2021
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that Americans who are not vaccinated against the coronavirus should not travel during Labor Day weekend, given the tremendous surge in new Covid cases.  The holiday is often marked with gatherings of friends and family who come together for barbecues and other outdoor activities.

The plea came from the CDC’s director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, at a White House Covid-19 Response Team briefing on Tuesday.

“If you are unvaccinated, we would recommend not traveling,” Walensky said.

The United States is currently witnessing a 14-day average of 160,000 new cases a day, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The combination of the Labor Day holiday, one of the nation’s busiest travel periods, and the return to campus of college students, many of them unvaccinated, and the start of the school year, there is great concern amongst health officials.

Dr. Walensky said that any gatherings should be with vaccinated relatives and friends  and should take place outdoors. She urged everyone, including those who are vaccinated, to wear masks in public indoor settings.

“Throughout the pandemic, we have seen that the vast majority of transmission takes place among unvaccinated people in closed, indoor settings,” she said.

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