- CDC removed holiday travel guidelines posted over the weekend saying they were posted in error
- The guidelines recommended virtual get-together or mitigation measures such as open windows and fans in indoor meetings
- Officials claimed that the guidelines were from last year, when Covid vaccines were not yet widely available.
- Dr Anthony Fauci said on Sunday it was ‘too soon’ to say whether Americans can gather for Christmas
- He backtracked from comments on Monday, encouraging Americans to gather with loved ones and saying he would do so personally.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday removed COVID-19 guidance for the upcoming holiday season from its website.
The page, which was posted over the weekend, recommended virtual gatherings, increasing ventilation in an indoor meeting by opening windows or gathering outside.
until Tuesday morning, Page The CDC website only provides links to information about vaccinations and booster shots.
the agency told mountain That the guidelines were out of date and uploaded in error with new recommendations to be posted in the coming weeks.
Health officials in the US still haven’t given Americans clear guidance for the fast approaching holiday season, with Dr. Anthony Fauci flip-flopping on whether people can gather with their families for Christmas.
The CDC removed holiday travel guidelines posted over the weekend from its website, saying they were out of date and published in error. The guidelines recommended virtual gatherings. Pictured: A man wears a mask while traveling at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, the last holiday season on December 23
Dr Anthony Fauci (pictured) said on Sunday it was ‘too soon’ to say whether Americans could gather for Christmas, but on Monday he said his comments had been ‘misinterpreted’, and that he would not be able to reunite with his family. will spend christmas with
‘[The page] This does not reflect the CDC’s guidance ahead of the upcoming holiday season,’ the federal health agency told The Hill.
According to the CDC, the guidelines date back to years before COVID-19 vaccines were distributed.
Federal officials did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
This year, with most Americans being fully vaccinated, it would be safe to travel and gather.
Vaccines were not accounted for in the guidelines, however, instead still asking people to celebrate virtually.
‘Participating in gatherings to celebrate events and holidays increases your risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19. The safest way to celebrate is virtually with people who live in or out with you and at least six feet from others. now removed Page said.
It was also recommended for people to increase ventilation at holiday gatherings by using fans and open windows.
‘If celebrating indoors, bring fresh air by opening windows and doors if possible. You can use a window fan in one of the open windows to blow air out of the window. It will draw fresh air in through the other open windows,’ it said.
Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease specialist, said over the weekend that he could not yet make any recommendations for the next few months.
Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases appeared CBS’ Face of the Nation on Sunday, and said the focus should be on vaccinations and keeping cases down in the coming weeks.
“We just have to focus on bringing those numbers down and not trying to get ahead in weeks or months and say what we’re going to do at a particular point in time,” he said.
‘Let’s focus like a laser on continuing to reduce those cases.
‘And we can also do this by getting people vaccinated and in a situation where boosters are appropriate to boost people.’
However, he said on Monday that his comments from the weekend were misinterpreted.
Fauci told CNN He encourages people to visit their loved ones if possible, but recommends that Americans take steps now to make sure they are safe when they do.
“It’s the best way to make sure we’ll be in good shape as soon as winter arrives and that as many people as possible will be vaccinated,” Fauci said.
‘It was misinterpreted as I said we couldn’t spend Christmas with our families, which was not the case at all.
‘I will spend Christmas with my family, I encourage people, especially vaccinated people, to have a nice, normal Christmas with your family.’
Currently, 65 percent of Americans have received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 56 percent are fully vaccinated, CDC data shows.
More than five million Americans have also received a booster dose of the vaccine, which recently became available to people over the age of 65 who are immunocompromised or at high risk because of underlying conditions or their jobs,
Cases are also falling, with the country reporting nearly 100,000 new cases per day, Johns Hopkins data shows.
This is a far cry from the more than 170,000 per day recorded at some point in mid-September.