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CDC asks unvaccinated Americans — nearly 80 million of them — to stay home for Labor Day weekend

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is imploring Americans to stay home and avoid travel during Labor Day weekend if they are unvaccinated.

On Sunday, the CDC reported a seven-day moving average of 129,418 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and noted that more than 93% of counties across the country are seeing widespread community transmission, according to Fox News.

What are the details?

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during a Tuesday White House briefing that unvaccinated Americans should not travel during Labor Day weekend and put themselves — and others — at risk, CNN reported.

As for even fully vaccinated Americans, Walensky said to weigh the risk of traveling during the busy holiday weekend and consider their options.

"First and foremost, if you are unvaccinated, we would recommend not traveling," Walensky said during the White House briefing, adding that while fully vaccinated Americans can travel with "precautions," they still need to consider the possibility that they may become infected with COVID-19 amid the ongoing Delta variant surge.

She continued, "Given where we are with disease transmission right now, we would say that people need to take their own these risks into their own consideration as they think about traveling. If you are unvaccinated, we would recommend not traveling."

Elsewhere in her remarks, Walensky added that those who choose to travel or congregate for Labor Day weekend celebrations ought to spend time outside and mask up while indoors.

"Throughout the pandemic, we have seen that the vast majority of transmission takes place among unvaccinated people in closed indoor settings," Walensky said. "Masks are not forever, but they are for now."

CNN reported that of those Americans eligible for vaccinations — the eligible share of people ages 12 years and older — approximately 38.6% are not yet fully vaccinated.

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