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CDC director says ‘don’t travel’ for Thanksgiving

Dr. Henry Walke, the CDC’s Director of the Division of Preparedness and Emerging Infections, said the agency is recommending against travel during the Thanksgiving holiday.

During a press conference on Thursday, he warned that by going to see your family, you could be killing them.

Walke, who spent two years working as a family practitioner in rural Alaska, said “The tragedy that could happen is that one of your family members is coming to this family gathering and they could end up severely ill, hospitalized or dying. And we don’t want that to happen.”

“These times are tough, it’s been a long outbreak, almost 11 months, and we understand people are tired,” Walke said.

“We understand that people want to see their family and relatives and do it as they’ve always done it. But this year we’re asking them to limit their travel.”

Walke said those who decide to travel for the holiday should do so “as safely as possible by following the same recommendations for everyday living,” which is wearing a mask, staying six feet apart and washing hands frequently. 

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • And also one of you dear relatives could be in a fatal car crash which is much more likely!
    Or slip and fall, or be shot, or have a heart attack, or, or, or,……

  • Shut up and obey peons.

    • We’re holding a protest… no mask required. Half the family insists on cranberry jelly, the other half wants the crap with the lumps. It’s gonna’ be ugly. Pass the mashed potatoes, please.

  • Assume for just a moment that all of us are wearing face masks when we go to the store, washing our hands, and keeping a distance from non-family members to 6 feet. Doesn’t that lead to the obvious conclusion that the experts’ advice is a total and abject failure? They have been pontificating the same garbage for months as new cases skyrocket nationally.

    We’re doing what they demand yet the body bags are stacking up Outside. We’re fortunate in Alaska to have the steady hand of Governor Dunleavy who refuses to allow us to be manipulated or watch silently while our Constitutional rights are trashed. If any of the national or local experts have the answer to stopping this pandemic, let’s hear it.

    I hope the vaccines work as predicted and are available widely. Good job, President Trump. He’s the one who got that done at warp speed.

    To the media and the Democrats, you scared the hell out of Americans to get a cheap win for Joe Biden. Now, how do you get anyone to believe your advice since it’s been proven worthless? You said you could fix it and convinced the gullible to believe you. If you have the answer, what is it?

    • They own the media, they’ll just stop reporting on covid. Covid cured, all hail Biden.

    • I agree with all of that, except the part about Joe Biden. He didn’t win. There is more hard data to suggest the votes were manipulated and the election was fraudulent, than EVER existed to justify either a lockdown or a mask mandate with regards to this virus. If those fraudulent results are allowed to stand, NOTHING the government says or does should be trusted or given merit ever again. This is not about o e part of the system, this is the WHOLE system. If we can trust the electoral process that installs the leader of the free world, then there is truly nothing holding this Republic together but a string of lies.

      • What is your “hard data to suggest the votes were manipulated?” Virtually every election official has stated that this was the most secure election. Many of these election officials are conservative Republicans. Even Rudy Giuliani admitted in the Pennsylvania court, on November 18, 2020, ‘This is not a fraud case,”

        • has a summary of the data in several states, I would recommended going to there to start, but there is a lot more good reporting being done on this if you actually want to know the truth. If you are not a partisan, and actually want to look at the data, it’s there. If you are, then it’s not going to matter what data is out there, your fealty to your party will overcome all reason.

        • Wanna buy a bridge?

  • To Peoples Dr. Henry Walke, CDC Director of the Division of Preparedness and Emerging Infections, may we wish a hearty “Go To Hell” in lieu of “Happy Thanksgiving”.
    Rest assured Americans will continue to travel where they wish, when they wish, Griswold-style if necessary, CDC be double damned, if necessary. It’s a Constitution thing, Hank.
    That’s Walke, “… who spent two years working as a family practitioner in rural Alaska” while tuberculosis, chlamydia, spousal abuse, drug abuse, and suicides –in rural Alaska– put Alaska on the front pages.
    That’s Walke, whose agency since 1946 seems to have failed so spectacularly in whatever it was supposed to do about Asian flu, Bird flu, Swine flu, Zika, Ebola, and Regular Ole flu “pandemics”.

    That’s Walke whose agency seems to have found its purpose in telling Americans not to travel, to forget about their cherished, uniquely American tradition.
    That’s Walke whose senior CDC job title makes him privy to the lies and data manipulation that make up China flu news.
    Thanks a lot, Hank, now we’ll need two planes just to haul our entourage around to everybody’s Thanksgiving dinners and, of course, get them to ours.
    Would it be rude to suggest to the President that whatever Hank’s supposed to be doing for CDC doesn’t need to be done anymore?
    Maybe a day or two at the Salvation Army soup kitchen’ll change Hank’s perspective, yes?

    • This was a brilliant post.

  • “you could be killing them” Shutting things down and canceling Thanksgiving by reporting (or half reporting) Covid -CV cases without any context is driving me crazy. Reporting Cases without death numbers, or even hospitalization numbers is intentionally creating an inaccurate picture of where we are at. I did a quick breakdown of CV 19 cases vs deaths since April based on CDC numbers, Cases are running higher than ever, at about 2-3 times the largest past months, deaths are running about half of April (cases 3x April) and about 30% less than May, (Cases 4.5x May), the two largest months previously (and still the running rate looks like they will still be the largest for deaths as we are running well below 50% on the comparable deaths as of the 17th. Clearly testing is finding many cases were people have mild or no symptoms, but of course you cannot find that info even on the CDC site (I think we have nearly as many testing centers as coffee stands/shops). Reporting cases without any context to deaths/hospitalizations creates an incredibly inaccurate picture of where we are, but it gives politicians a reason to shut things down again, I would ask our Mayor is she has even looked at the true numbers in relation to anything other than “oh no, look at all the cases”. Reporting on cases only is misleading, and making decisions based on inaccurate data or ignoring it is very poor leadership. When you factor into the deaths that any death where the person had CV is considered a CV death, despite other health issues, even folks in hospices who were counting days, the deaths from CV are much lower than reported. Hospitalizations are the same as deaths, only 2 states separate the cases who are there with CV vs those there because of CV, and hospitals get paid by the CDC for admitting CV patients. I have a hard time with leadership in our country and our state talking about shutdowns again, when many experts have opined that shutdowns cause more harm than good. I would simply close by saying, real science does not ignore relevant data.

    • It is all politics as usual. Fear is a useful tool for the left. Covid 19 is indeed now with us, whether intentionally manufactured or not, but it does not take a rocket scientist to know how to simply be mindful, use common sense allowing one to continue on as normal as possible. Good grief. I do share your frustration.

  • What a bunch of c—. Democrats and their minions are the foremost iconoclasts (destroyers of tradition) in history. Mask demands, lockdowns, no travel, no Thanksgiving, period, probably Christmas too. They keep trying to take away traditions that have been the basis of American life, with the big lie of “pandemic”. All for that addictive substance, “Power” over others, not a disease crisis. Americans, travel to see your families. Have that family dinner of thanks to God and the American way. Keep American tradition alive. Don’t let these phony POS’es spoil your family gathering at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Communism is attempting to destroy American and Christian values. Part of the “plan” for America if the democrat socialist/communists get their way. We fight them or we lose it all. Your choice. Either way, it will come to us fighting to preserve America and our way of life. Weapons are the last choice, but not ruled out.
    When the polio epidemic in the 50’s was happening, everyone, including me, knew multiple victims of a real deadly disease affecting young, mostly, and old alike. No one raised the hysteria of the current BS “scamdemic”. Everyone did their best for their families and America/Alaska. God prevailed. We survived. The Salk vaccine was the real deal. It saved thousands/millions from the miseries of polio. The current “pandemic” is a joke and so is the “vaccine”. A means of power over the people, not a medical crisis.
    Time to stand for our Country and rights. If we don’t stand now, both are lost forever.

  • Alaskans are Already Dead. Its those inhumane muzzles and social distancing. Their souls are waiting to die. Suicides will be very high this winter. There just simply not enough alaskan christian missionaries to save the growing number of dying souls.
    Go travel. Go enjoy your life. May be the last chance you will see someone. Souls are dying all over Anchorage from lacking human interaction and fear when they knew No God before 2020 and depended on what’s been taken away. My anchorage neighbors have turned like a hurt dog waiting for someone put them out of misery. Who cares what any CDC employee says, he will not be the relative who loses his family member and friend by suicide or sickness.

  • Go enjoy you life and go love the people around you. They need you more than your safety.

  • Ridiculous. Just traveled to and from Hawaii, no problem. No Covid. Use common sense. No reason to not continue life as reasonably normal. I will hold my normal Thanksgiving gathering of family and friends and if anyone is ill they will just stay home and we will drop off food. No big deal! I do not need the CDC to tell me what to do.

  • Alaskans are Already Dead or dying because of those inhumane muzzles and social distancing and some places lockdowns. Their souls are waiting to die. Suicides will be very high this winter. There just simply not enough alaskan christian missionaries to save the growing number of dying souls.
    Go travel. Go enjoy your life. May be the last chance you will see someone. Souls are dying all over Anchorage from lacking human interaction and fear when they knew No God before 2020 and depended on what’s been taken away. My anchorage neighbors have turned like a hurt dog waiting for someone put them out of misery. Who cares what any CDC employee says, he will not be the relative who loses his family member and friend by suicide or sickness.

  • Nag, nag, nag! Stop telling me what to do and what I can’t do! I am not a child and you politicians have no authority over me. I had the Wuhan flu and though I am 63, it was a big whoop. I felt a bit wrung out for two days and despite all dire warnings and scare tactics, I survived. The fact is, I didn’t even know I had it until later, when I was forced to take a test when I traveled.

  • “This year we have to limit our travel,” and the year after that, and the year after that… The Democrats will never get rid of COVID. Soon, we will have son of COVID, either COVID 21 or 22. “Give me liberty or give me death,” I think that was a famous quote from someone.

  • I would be a bit more impressed if I could see where the CDC has contributed in a significant way to halting Covid. The advice that has been disseminated amounts to little more than common sense that has existed since the seventeenth century. It appears that the CDC is sorta sleepwalking through the entire pandemic. Can anyone point me to a notable CDC accomplishment? Nice offices, fancy labs, great computers, super benefit package; Keep up the good work guys! Enjoy the long weekend!

  • When are we going to begin calling out the so called “social distancing” for what it is: anti social distancing.
    There is nothing social about keeping an impersonal distance between each other, with faces covered to hide our identities and facial expressions.
    It’s very anti social and is turning society into a bunch of lonely people with no genuine personal interaction with each other.

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website disclosed the shockingly small number of people who died from only the Wuhan coronavirus, with no other cause of death mentioned. Hold on to your hat because here it is: out of the 161,392 deaths in the CDC data, just six percent, about 9,700 deaths, were attributed to the coronavirus alone. According to the CDC, the other 94 percent had an average of 2.6 additional conditions or causes of deaths, such as heart disease, diabetes, and sepsis.

  • We let “Uncle Sam” rob us of Easter. Let’s not give up Thanksgiving and Christmas, too. One of the big aspects of a culture is how it celebrates its holidays. Many of this summer’s pushes have been intended to strip us of the culture that holds us together as a nation.

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