As holidays approach, CDC puts shopping at crowded stores on Black Friday in high-risk category

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added shopping at crowded stores before, on or after Thanksgiving to its list of higher risk activities.
  • Retailers are trying to nudge Americans to start holiday shopping sooner or buy more gifts online by extending their Black Friday deals and offering them online.
  • The CDC said shopping online rather than in person on Black Friday or the days that follow are lower risk. 



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As the holiday season approaches, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is adding a common annual tradition to its higher risk category: Shopping at crowded stores.

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On Monday, the CDC issued new guidance that discouraged Americans from packing into malls or standing in long lines before, on or after Thanksgiving. It added that to a list of activities with a higher likelihood of contributing to the 

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