The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has urged Americans not to travel during Thanksgiving, normally a busy travel season in the country.
Many Americans get together with their family and friends on and around Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday of November. A survey by Ohio State University released last week showed that 38 percent of respondents are planning to have meals in groups of ten or more people.
The CDC on Thursday released an updated version of its recommendations on how to spend the holidays amid a spike in coronavirus cases across the country.
CDC officials advise Americans to stay home, saying it is "the best way to protect yourself and others this year."
They warn that gatherings with people who do not live in the same household can increase the chances of getting or spreading the coronavirus or the flu.
They urge people to wear masks when having group meals with people from different households and consider having celebrations outdoors if possible.
The American Automobile Association forecasts around 50 million Americans will travel for Thanksgiving this year.
A senior CDC official said the agency is strongly recommending against travel during the Thanksgiving period to protect friends and family.