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CDC holiday guidelines urge no singing, hugging, drinking

The CDC would prefer you skip the celebrations altogether. 



Apparently this year, the best way to spread holiday cheer is staying far away from your family, instead of near. 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control released Thanksgiving coronavirus guidelines last week that strongly advise against virtually everything that makes the holiday special. 

The guidelines recommend not drinking alcohol because it “make[s] it more difficult to practice COVID-19 safety measures,” encourage to “avoid singing” and even suggest to “keep music levels down” so no one has to “shout or speak loudly,” which they say could increase the risk of transmission. 

While these suggestions are available to those who plan to celebrate the holiday in a semi-normal fashion, the CDC would prefer you skip the celebrations altogether. 

“Celebrating virtually…poses the lowest risk for spread,” the guidelines state. 

Social media was flooded with reactions from tons of users unhappy with the recommendations who still plan to celebrate Thanksgiving. 

One of the most notable to speak out was White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Scott Atlas. 

“This kind of isolation is a tragedy of the elderly who are now being told ‘don’t see your family at Thanksgiving.’ For many people, this is their final Thanksgiving, believe it or no,” he said in a Fox News interview. 

“We have to have a policy…which is a whole person policy. It’s not just about stopping cases of Covid,” he continued. 

A number of Democrat-run cities across America have taken it so far as to cancel the holiday all together. 

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, issued a lockdown to go in effect Friday, demanding home gatherings be limited to just “household members.” 

California Gov. Newsom also implemented strict guidelines, mandating all celebrations to be held outside. 

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Kamala Harris Tests Positive For COVID-19



Kamala Harris

On Tuesday, the White House announced that Vice President Kamala Harris has tested positive for COVID-19 and is not currently showing symptoms.

“Today, Vice President Harris tested positive for COVID-19 on rapid and PCR tests,” said Kirsten Allen, press secretary to the vice president. “She has exhibited no symptoms, will isolate and continue to work from the Vice President’s residence. She has not been a close contact to the President or First Lady due to their respective recent travel schedules. She will follow CDC guidelines and the advice of her physicians. The Vice President will return to the White House when she tests negative.”

Harris wrote on Twitter that she was going to continue to isolate and is showing no symptoms.

“Today I tested positive for COVID-19. I have no symptoms, and I will continue to isolate and follow CDC guidelines. I’m grateful to be both vaccinated and boosted,” Harris tweeted.

Harris last reportedly saw President Biden at the Easter Egg Roll on April 18 before leaving for California, which she returned from on April 25.

The vice president has been vaccinated against COVID-19 and has received two booster shots, receiving the second booster on April 1.

“Yesterday I received my second COVID-19 booster shot,” Harris tweeted on April 2. “We know that getting vaccinated is the best form of protection from this virus and boosters are critical in providing an additional level of protection. If you haven’t received your first booster—do it today.”

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At Least 3 US Airlines Will Restore Flight Privileges To Some Mask Violators



At least three major U.S. airlines – Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and American Airlines – have now said they will allow some passengers who were banned from their planes over mask violations to have their flight privileges restored – determined on a case-by-case basis.

On Wednesday, Delta released a statement saying, “At Delta, nothing is more important than the safety and security of our customers and our people. With masks now optional, Delta will restore flight privileges for customers on the mask non-compliance no-fly list only after each case is reviewed and each customer demonstrates an understanding of their expected behavior when flying with us.”

“Any further disregard for the policies that keep us all safe will result in placement on Delta’s permanent no-fly list. Customers who demonstrated egregious behavior and are already on the permanent no-fly list remain barred from flying with Delta,” the statement added.

United Airlines similarly announced it will allow passengers it banned for not following mask rules to be allowed to fly again.

“On a case-by-case basis, we will allow some customers who were previously banned for failing to comply with mask-related rules to fly United again — after ensuring their commitment to follow all crewmember instructions on board,” United Airlines said in a statement.

American Airlines will also allow passengers banned for violating mask rules “to resume travel at some point in time,” according to the company’s chief government affairs officer, Nate Gatten.

“In cases where an incident may have started with face mask noncompliance and escalated into anything involving something more serious, or certainly an assault on one of our key members or customers, those passengers are going to remain on our permanent internal refuse list and will never be allowed to travel with us again,” Gatten said.

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