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The CDC is urging Americans to avoid travel after a busy spring break period.
The Transportation Security Administration screened over 1.5 million people in airports on Sunday – the highest number since before the coronavirus pandemic began.
Fearing an “avoidable surge” in COVID cases and the potential for variants to spread, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky told the press, “We’re so close to vaccinating so many more people. So I would just encourage people and remind people: Now is not the time to travel.”
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“Much of the travel, we know, is related to people who are going on spring break,” Walensky said at a press briefing. “We’re worried not just for what happens when you are on the airplane itself but what happens when people travel. That is, they go out. They mix with people who are not vaccinated.”
“We are at a critical point in this pandemic, a fork in the road, where we as a country must decide which path we are going to take,” Walensky said. “And I am worried that if we don’t take the right actions now, we will have another avoidable surge, just as we are seeing in Europe right now and just as we are so aggressively scaling up vaccination.”