Are you not vaccinated and traveling this Labor Day weekend? You may want to reconsider.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging unvaccinated Americans to not travel over the holiday weekend as the country is reportedly averaging 160,000 new COVID cases a day.
"First and foremost, if you are unvaccinated, we would recommend not traveling," CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said this week.
The CDC Director also urged vaccinated individuals to gather with family and friends outdoors and said while indoors, masks should be worn.
“Throughout the pandemic, we have seen that the vast majority of transmission takes place among unvaccinated people in closed, indoor settings,” Dr. Walensky continued.
If you are vaccinated and traveling, the CDC Director said precautions -- like mask-wearing, distancing yourself from people outside of your household, and proper hand hygiene -- should be exercised when possible and your destination's current transmission rates should be taken into consideration.
Parents with unvaccinated children might want to reconsider traveling as more than 200,000 kids have tested positive for COVID in the last week, per the American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC. The surge in child COVID cases is a five-fold increase from a month ago and there has been an average of 330 children hospitalized daily with COVID, which marks the highest rate of child COVID hospitalizations in more than a year, per the CDC.
As always, The Doctors remind everyone the best defense against COVID is to get vaccinated if you are eligible.
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