ATLANTA (AP) -- U.S. health officials say staying home for the upcoming winter holidays is the best way to stay safe and protect others.

But for those who ignore that advice, COVID-19 testing before and after trips is an option.

Many Americans didn't follow CDC guidance against traveling over Thanksgiving so the agency announced the testing option during a Wednesday news briefing. They said even if few people became infected while traveling, that could still result in hundreds of thousands of new infections.

The advice includes reducing non-essential activities for a full week after travel or for 10 days if not tested afterward.

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