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This year, Dr. Anthony Fauci says that his family Thanksgiving is cancelled, and that other Americans should strongly consider making the same choice.

Fauci, the top White House coronavirus expert and head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), told CBS News that his three children aren't coming home this year. The risk of spreading COVID-19 among themselves, Fauci says, is simply too high.

"My Thanksgiving is going to look very different this year," Fauci told CBS. "I would love to have it with my children, but my children are in three separate states throughout the country, and in order for them to get here, they would all have to go to an airport, get on a plane, travel with public transportation."

Meanwhile, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidelines on Wednesday for how to safely observe the upcoming holidays including Halloween, Día de los Muertos, and Thanksgiving.

As has been the case, anything that can be done remotely or distanced and outdoors is vastly safer — a stipulation that gets harder and harder the colder it gets. For the Thanksgiving guidelines, that means having a small dinner, hanging out online, and avoiding travel, parades, and in-person retail stores.

"When you're talking about relatives that are getting on a plane, being exposed in an airport, being exposed in a plane, then walk in the door and say 'Happy Thanksgiving' — that you have to be careful about," Fauci told CBS.