CDC Favors Online Holiday Shopping To Be Safe

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has some advice for holiday shoppers who prefer brick-and-mortar stores to online shopping: avoid crowds.

On Monday (Sept. 28), the nation’s public health institute released new guidelines discouraging the public from packing malls or standing in long lines because there’s a higher likelihood of contributing to the spread of the coronavirus.

The CDC suggested shopping online rather than in person on Black Friday or the days that follow.

CNBC reported retailers from Amazon to Target are encouraging shoppers to start holiday shopping early and avoid the crowds by extending Black Friday discount sales.

Best Buy and Walmart have said they will start deals in October. Amazon confirmed it will have its Prime Day deals on Oct. 13 and 14. On the same days, Target is offering its own Deal Days, CNBC reported.

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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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