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COVID-19 Cases Are Surging Across The Country As Families Weigh Whether To Come Together For The Holidays




A worker cleans near an American flag and Christmas decorations in the mostly empty El Paso International Airport amid a surge of COVID-19 cases on November 12, 2020 in El Paso, Texas.
A worker cleans near an American flag and Christmas decorations in the mostly empty El Paso International Airport amid a surge of COVID-19 cases on November 12, 2020 in El Paso, Texas.
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As COVID-19 cases rise across the state, Governor Gavin Newsom has issued a travel advisory alongside Oregon and Washington to urge visitors not to travel out-of-state or to quarantine if they do so.

California recently passed one million cases of the novel coronavirus, and numbers are rising in several counties. In Los Angeles County, officials warned that tighter restrictions could come if cases continue to rise. Photos of long lines clogging the roads to Dodger Stadium’s testing site are once again going viral as they did earlier this year, but there’s a sobering distinction this time around: the holidays are approaching.

Many families typically spend this time of year traveling to see family and friends, often across state lines. But given the sheer scale of the virus’ integration in our communities, and the risks that gatherings pose, many people are rethinking their traditions. 

Today on AirTalk, we’re hearing more about how to make responsible plans this holiday season. Are you opting out of traveling, or of your traditional gathering? We want to hear from you. Give us a call at 866-893-5722.

 

Guests:

Hugo Martín, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times covering the travel industry; he tweets @hugomartin

Dean Blumberg, M.D., professor of medicine and chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at UC Davis Children’s Hospital