Walke, who spent two years working as a family practitioner in rural Alaska, said "The tragedy that could happen is that one of your family members is coming to this family gathering and they could end up severely ill, hospitalized or dying". "There are some that will travel nonetheless, but, hopefully, they will put in place some common-sense measures to limit the damage the virus can cause". Public health experts have three words for you: "don't do it".
But now the CDC has taken the health guidance one step further by actively advising against any travel during the holiday.
Instead, Thanksgiving should be spent with only people living in their household, with "household" clarified to mean those who have been living in the same home for at least 14 days before the gathering. Mr Walke said the definition of household would not include college students wishing to return home for the holiday.
The nation's top public health agency is advising Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving, or to spend the holiday with people with whom they are not now living.
There are more than 11 million reported cases of COVID-19 in this country since the pandemic started, and more than 250,000 Americans have died.
Walker's colleague, Dr. Erin Sauber-Schatz the CDC's lead for Community Intervention and Critical Population Task Force said the decision to recommend travel restrictions was based on numbers.
On Wednesday, the USA surpassed more than 250,000 deaths from the novel virus, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The CDC on Thursday released an updated version of its recommendations on how to spend the holidays amid a spike in coronavirus cases across the country. Other states like NY and New Jersey have returned to capping indoor gatherings at a maximum of 10 people.