On Nov. 19, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released guidelines about Thanksgiving gatherings that echo what a lot of state officials already were saying: stay home.
"As cases continue to increase rapidly across the United States, the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people you live with," the CDC website warned.
If that's not enough to convince you not to travel, consider if you worked for film maker Profol Americas in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
"We use the Harvard website, and if somebody travels to a place that is red [for a high transmission rate], we force-quarantine them for two weeks," Profol Americas President and CEO Mark Thoeny told the Cedar Rapids Gazette. "Whether that's work related or vacation related."
Profol Americas is a cast polyolefin film and sheet products maker and part of Germany's Profol GmbH.
Thoeny said the company worries it will not be able to staff regular production lines if COVID-19 spreads further.
Profol isn't alone.
Tom Pientok, president and CEO of electronics and wire harness maker Timberline Manufacturing in Marion, Iowa, is meeting with all employees today to stress the importance of staying home and safe.
"What they do outside of here impacts the health and well-being of their fellow employee-owners as well as the sustainability and longevity of our business," Pientok told The Gazette.