Don’t Travel Before Checking Harvard’s COVID-19 Hot Spot Map

Harvard Global Health Institute’s brand new risk-assessment map gives a quick overview of where the disease is surging right now. Last week, the AAA released its summer forecast, projecting that Americans will take 700 million trips in July through September. That’s down nearly 15% compared to last year and the first decline in summer travel since the Great Recession in 2009. One of the key findings from AAA is that the share of travelers making plans 48 hours to 7 days before departure is significantly higher than normal – a sign that people are planning trips at the last minute rather than well in advance.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends against traveling to an area where COVID-19 is spreading, which in recent weeks has become much more difficult as the number of new cases has risen by an order of magnitude in states from coast to coast.

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