Americans who traveled for the Thanksgiving holiday are encouraged to stop unnecessary activity for a week in order to avoid spreading COVID-19, a key member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force said Sunday.
Adm. Brett Giroir of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps told CNN’s “State of the Union” that people shouldn’t avoid necessary appointments but they should avoid unnecessary outings for about one week.
Adm. Giroir also said they could get tested within three to five days of returning home if possible.
In order to stop the spread ahead of a vaccine being available for the public, which experts predict would happen within the next couple of months, Americans should wear masks, maintain social distance and wash their hands, Adm. Giroir said.
“We could really make a difference,” he added.
Dr. Deborah Birx, another member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, will begin briefing presumptive President-elect Joseph R. Biden and his team on Monday, she told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
Experts say vaccines should be approved by the Food and Drug Administration shortly after Dec. 10, allowing the manufacturers to start shipping the vaccinations out to be first administered to vulnerable populations, which includes the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions.
As of Sunday, the nation has 13.3 million COVID-19 cases and roughly 266,000 Americans have died from the pandemic.
Texas, California and Florida lead the nation in total case count, but New York has had the most deaths.
After New York, Texas and California come in second and third for the number of overall deaths broken down by state.