If you’re unvaccinated, DO NOT travel over Labor Day weekend: CDC asks 80 MILLION unvaccinated Americans to stay home this weekend as the number of COVID cases rises to 160,000 a day
- The CDC said unvaccinated Americans should not travel this Labor Day weekend
- 61.8 percent of eligible Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the CDC, and 52.4 percent have been fully vaccinated.
- The rolling seven-day average of new Covid cases in the country ranges from about 130,000, which CDC gave Tuesday, to as many as 160,000
The Center for Disease Control urged 80 million unvaccinated Americans to stay home for the Labor Day weekend as new COVID-19 cases reach about 160,000 per day.
“First and foremost, if you are not vaccinated, we recommend that you do not travel,” said CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky Tuesday at a White House COVID-19 Response Team Briefing.
To date, 61.8 percent of eligible Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 52.4 percent have been fully vaccinated, according to the CDC. About 80 million eligible Americans, including those under 12, chose not to take the photo.
But with school starting and the highly contagious “Delta” strain still a threat — especially in states like Florida, Mississippi and Washington — health professionals want Americans to exercise caution over the three-day weekend.
CDC Says Unvaccinated Americans Shouldn’t Travel This Labor Day Weekend
So are those who have been vaccinated, Walensky said at the briefing.
“Given where we are now with disease transmission, we would say people should consider their own risks when thinking about travel,” Walensky said.
Last year’s Labor Day weekend was the busiest for air travel since the coronavirus pandemic began in March 2020, with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening more than two million people.
Still, that was significantly lower than in previous years, with overall 2.7 million trips over the holiday weekend in 2019.
This year, the figure looks set to be even lower after the TSA said it screened 1.345 million airline passengers on Tuesday — the lowest daily number since May 11 amid the spike in U.S. COVID-19 cases.
TSA said Tuesday’s figure was down about 33% from the same day in 2019, when 2.04 million traveled. Earlier this month, Southwest Airlines Co warned that the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19 has led to bookings and more cancellations.
The entire travel industry has been hit hard by the virus, but new spikes in the Delta variant mean this could turn out to be a quieter Labor Day weekend than most.
The rolling seven-day average of new Covid cases in the country has risen to 130,000, according to Walensky, while the CDC puts the figure even higher at 160,000. The number varies based on how recent the tracking information is.
Regardless of vaccination status, masks are mandatory on all planes, buses and rail lines after President Joe Biden extended the requirement until January 18, 2022.
The map represents the risk assessment of Covid transmission, based on CDC statistics. Dark red represents ‘very high’ transmission, the lighter red is ‘high’ transmission, orange is ‘moderate’, yellow is ‘low’ and gray is ‘unknown’