Health officials warn holiday travel could lead to coronavirus spike

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Health officials warn holiday travel could lead to coronavirus spike
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The holidays are right around the corner which is typically one of the busiest travel periods of the year. The pandemic, however, has many families thinking twice about how they plan to celebrate. Health officials with the CDC warn flying and attending large gatherings with family and friends could […]

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<p&gtThe holidays are right around the corner which is typically one of the busiest travel periods of the year.  The pandemic, however, has many families thinking twice about how they plan to celebrate.  Health officials with the CDC warn flying and attending large gatherings with family and friends could potentially lead to a rise in coronavirus cases.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images){/p}
<p>The holidays are right around the corner which is typically one of the busiest travel periods of the year. The pandemic, however, has many families thinking twice about how they plan to celebrate. Health officials with the CDC warn flying and attending large gatherings with family and friends could potentially lead to a rise in coronavirus cases. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images){/p}

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — The holidays, which are right around the corner, are typically one of the busiest travel periods of the year. The pandemic, however, has many families thinking twice about how they plan to celebrate.

Health officials warn flying and attending large gatherings with family and friends could potentially lead to a rise in coronavirus cases.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released their guidelines and recommendations when it comes to holiday gatherings and what people need to be aware of before traveling.

According to the CDC, one of the most crucial aspects of moving forward with your plans is to first assess the number of COVID-19 cases and infections in the community. This should help you determine whether to postpone, cancel or limit the number of people at a celebration or whether to attend certain activities.

While the holiday travel period is not expected to be nearly as busy compared to previous years, airports across the country are already seeing more people eager to travel now that most cities have eased some of their restrictions.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, says the best way to protect yourself is by staying home but if you do travel, it is important to take every precaution possible like wearing a face mask, frequently washing your hands and staying six feet apart from others.

Maintaining the appropriate social distance may soon be harder to do as more airlines plan to resume booking flights at full capacity.

Starting December 1, Southwest Airlines will once again allow passengers to sit in the middle seat. Since the start of the pandemic, their policy left the middle seat open to allow more room to spread out.

As of right now, Delta is the only major airline that plans to continue limiting aircraft capacity through the new year.

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