“Make really sure you adhere 100% to mask wearing to avoid crowds because you could inadvertently have gotten Covid and spread it, so just be careful during the week after your travel because you are at increased risk,” Giroir told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of The Union.” “Just remember you’ve had an increased risk of being exposed, so you should decrease unnecessary activities for about a week, and if you can get tested in three or five days that’s also a very good idea.”
White House coronavirus testing czar Giroir also said it is “not recommended to have a quarantine after travel unless you’ve had a direct exposure to a person with Covid for 15 minutes in close contact. But it makes sense. If you have an increased risk because you’ve traveled, do the normal smart things, the common sense things.”
White House coronavirus task force member. Dr. Deborah Birx, encouraged families who gathered for Thanksgiving to get tested for the virus.
“If you’re young and you gathered, you need to be tested about five to 10 days later,” Birx told Margaret Brennan Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “You need to assume that you’re infected and not go near your grandparents and aunts and others without a mask.”
Birx said that people over age 65 should get tested immediately if they develop any symptoms.
Giroir said Sunday he is concerned about a possible surge in cases and hospitalizations as holiday travel increases.
“There certainly can be a surge because of the travel and the mixing of people who have not been in their own little pods,” he said. “We are at a risky time because of the travel and again, it’s not just the travel, but it’s exposing people who have not been sort of in their own pods.”
He also said “it is not too late at all for us to do something about this” and for Americans to “be careful” when traveling back home.