CDC recommends more Americans wear masks indoors ahead of Memorial Day weekend

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — This upcoming Memorial Day weekend is expected to match pre-pandemic travel volume, according to the AAA, as about 39.2 million Americans travel 50 miles or more from home.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is also recommending that a third of Americans wear masks indoors this week as Covid-19 cases continue to rise nationwide.

Harris County leads the state with the highest number of reported Covid-19 cases so far this year, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services’ online COVID-19 dashboard.

dr Linda Yancey, infectious disease specialist at Memorial Hermann, said it’s important that families pack their masks and wear them indoors or especially at airports when traveling this Memorial Day weekend.

“Even if you’re driving,” said Dr. Yancey, “if you stop at gas stations and rest stops, you must wear a mask in those places. They will be very crowded with fellow travelers and a lot of those fellow travelers will have COVID.”

The CDC is also this week expanding eligibility for children ages 5 to 11 to receive the Pfizer booster shot five months after the second dose. Texas Children’s Hospital has made appointments and reportedly started giving booster shots to children as early as this weekend.

“Children are less likely to get severe COVID, but that doesn’t mean they’re immune,” said Dr. Yancey. “We’ve seen very severe cases in children, so you’re really rolling the dice with an unvaccinated child. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you get your children vaccinated and your children brushed up, especially now that cases in the Houston area are ticking up.”

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