The safety of holiday gatherings has less to do with a person’s journey there and more to do with the way they behaved the week leading up to it, said Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on NBC’s “Today” show Wednesday.
“We really do want people to be able to gather, and safe gathering includes, of course, being vaccinated, ideally being boosted if you’re eligible to be boosted, and making sure that all the people who you gather with are also vaccinated and boosted,” Walenksy said when asked if people who are vaccinated and boosted can forego testing and spend time with friends and loved ones.
“But I want to remind folks that, you know, so much about the safety of your gathering has less to do with the plane ride or the train ride that you’re going to do to get there and very much to do with the behaviors that you have in the week prior to your gathering," she added.
“Have you been practicing those safe prevention strategies? Or have you been out and gathering in indoor settings, public indoor settings without a mask on? Because that’s really when your exposure would have happened,” said Walensky.