The CDC Removes Its Holiday Recommendations – New Ones Are On Their Way

The CDC Removes Its Holiday Recommendations – New Ones Are On Their Way
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On Friday, the CDC released an update on how Americans are to spend the next holiday season safely. The proposals made last year contained much of the same things from last holidays, including virtual celebration and the avoidance of individual meetings. However, the situation now is different. This is because over half of the country is now completely coronavirus immunized.

Dr. Gandhi feels that certain crucial messages of public health have been overlooked by the CDC.

“Telling everyone in 2021 that the only way to celebrate Christmas safely is virtually really doesn’t tell the vaccinated that there was any kind of reward for being vaccinated. We have to work on optimism, we have to work on messaging that these vaccines get you back to normal and that actually sounded very much like we had not just spent the whole last year trying to get people vaccines,” declared Dr. Monica Gandhi.

However only three days after publishing an updated guide, the CDC found that the material on its website was deleted and the error was blamed on a computer failure. The CDC explained that, in order to reflect the current recommendations before this Christmas season, the information is under updating. On Friday, the website received a technical upgrade but does not reflect the instructions from the CDC in advance of this next vacation. CDC will shortly offer further recommendations.

 

As we head into Thanksgiving, many of us are thinking about spending the holidays with friends and family, perhaps for the first time in a while. But as we prepare for those gatherings, it’s important to remember that even as safe as it may seem, COVID-19 is still with us. As the number of COVID cases has declined significantly, doctors are now beginning to feel optimistic about nearly eradicating the disease. Despite recent progress, stopping the spread of the virus remains a complicated endeavor. However, we remain confident that we will see a decline in cases over the next few weeks.

 


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Anna Daniels

Anna is an avid blogger with an educational background in medicine and mental health. She is a generalist with many other interests including nutrition, women's health, astronomy and photography. In her free time from work and writing, Anna enjoys nature walks, reading, and listening to jazz and classical music.

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