The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended against unvaccinated Americans traveling during the upcoming Labor Day weekend, CNBC reported.
The reason is the surge in the delta variant of the COVID-19 virus, which has seen cases and hospitalizations rising across the country, according to the report.
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said people “need to take … these risks into their own consideration as they think about traveling,” given the high rates of virus transmission, the report stated.
“If you are unvaccinated, we would recommend not traveling,” she said, per CNBC.
In several states, including Washington, Mississippi and Florida, there have been record levels of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations over the past few weeks, according to the report.
As of Tuesday (Aug. 31), the seven-day average for new COVID-19 cases is 129,418 per day, the report stated. That’s a downward trend of 10% from the previous seven-day average.
In terms of hospitalizations, the seven-day average is around 11,500 per day, a decline of 5% from the previous week. Meanwhile, deaths have risen by around 2.3%, where they previously had hit 896 deaths per day in the last cycle, according to the report.
In other COVID-19 travel news, the European Union has recommended stopping nonessential American travel to the region due to the high concentration of delta variant cases in the U.S. along with slowing vaccine rates. Countries can continue making their own rules, however.
Meanwhile, the rise of the delta variant might end up closing indoor McDonald’s seating locations.
As of earlier in the summer, the popular fast-food giant had reported about 70% of its locations. The plan was to reopen all of them by Labor Day, but then came the delta variant.