‘People need to stay home’: Ashish Jha urges Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving

“The main reason to do it is you want to be able to see your family in 2021.”

Ashish Jha is urging Americans to stay home for the Thanksgiving holiday this year, to avoid infecting loved ones with COVID-19 or falling ill themselves. 

The recommendations from the dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health echo the warning issued by the CDC on Thursday, advising that the safest way to celebrate the holiday amid the pandemic, which has killed more than 250,000 people in the United States, is to only gather with those in your household.

In a Friday interview on Good Morning America, Jha stressed the need for everyone to follow the guidance, which doctors have been urging for weeks.


“I really do think people need to stay home,” the doctor said. “Things are very bad across the country. And the main reason to do it is you want to be able to see your family in 2021. We’re so close to having vaccines available. Let’s stay safe, let’s keep people protected and let’s celebrate together next year.”

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