CDC releases updated holiday guidance to prevent spread of Covid including wearing a mask indoors – and that Americans delay travel until they are fully vaccinated

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  • CDC on Friday issued updated guidelines for the holiday season to prevent the spread of COVID-19
  • Recommendations encourage Americans to get vaccinated ‘to reduce COVID-19 risk’ and ‘protect those who are not yet eligible’
  • Non-vaccinated people are encouraged to wear masks in indoor public settings and vaccinated people are also encouraged if they are in a community with high virus transmission.
  • Health officials recommend delaying travel until they have been fully vaccinated and that unvaccinated people wear a mask and get tested before and after travel.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its guidance on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during the 2021 holiday season.

Published Friday, the recommendations focus on encouraging people to get vaccinated before gathering with family and friends.


Health officials also urge Americans to wear masks and avoid travel in indoor locations unless they are fully immunized.

This comes nearly a week after the agency removed the holiday guidance from its page, saying it was out of date and was mistakenly uploaded with new recommendations expected soon.

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The CDC issued updated guidelines for the holiday season on Friday to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including encouraging Americans to get vaccinated they have already tried to ‘reduce Covid-19 risk’. for’ and ‘protecting those who are not yet eligible’ (File image)

“We fully expect family and friends to gather for the holidays this year and have updated our guidance on how to stay safe over the holidays,” the CDC wrote in a statement.

‘The best way to reduce COVID risk and make sure people are assembling safely is to get vaccinated or get a booster if you are eligible.’

In its guidance, the agency’s top recommendation is to get vaccinated to protect people who are not eligible for vaccination such as young children.

The CDC says the outdoors is safer than the indoors, but they suggest a few if a gathering will take place indoors.

For Americans who have not yet been fully vaccinated, the CDC recommends wearing a nose and mouth mask in an indoor setting in public.

For those who have been fully vaccinated, the guidance says only wear a mask in indoor public areas if in a community with ‘substantial’ or ‘high’ transmission.

When it comes to travel, the CDC recommends delaying any travel plans if a person has not been fully vaccinated.

Americans who have not been fully vaccinated are advised to get a negative test at least 72 hours before, wear a mask at all times when traveling, get tested three to five days upon arrival, and be tested for seven days. Quarantine for.

Fully vaccinated Americans traveling with people who were not vaccinated as children are advised to avoid crowds, stay six feet away from anyone in their travel party, and wash or sanitize hands frequently She goes.

‘Holiday traditions are important for families and children. There are many ways to enjoy holiday traditions and protect your health, writes the CDC.

‘As many generations gather for the holidays, the best way to reduce COVID-19 risk and keep your family and friends safe is to get vaccinated if you are eligible.’

Last week, there was confusion when the CDC posted guidance on its 2021 holiday page to remove it only hours later.

The agency later said it was posted in error and was based on guidance last year before the vaccine became widely available.

It recommended virtual gatherings, increasing ventilation in an indoor meeting by opening windows or gathering outside.


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