Americans headed home for holiday despite the warnings

The CDC is urging people not to travel for the holiday, leaving families and college students to make tough decisions.
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the call to keep it close to home this Thanksgiving. The CDC urging people not to travel for the holiday leaving families and college students to make tough decisions. ABC's Stephanie Ramos has more. Reporter: This morning, families across the country are preparr a Thanksgiving without the family. You know what love is on Thanksgiving, I love you so much and I'm soful for you that I'm not going to see you. Reporter: The CDC recommending we all stay put this holiday. But that's not an easy option for students away at schl. I just want to be careful and make sure that I'm not harming them. I do worry about bringing it back to my family. Reporter: Some parents are letting their kids come home despite major outbreaks at universities across the country and the dangers associated with traveling through airports. Protecting ourselves and protecting each other, that's paramount. Reporter: For this family having their son home for Thanksgiving was a must. We had a lot of concern. We're not anxious ridden. We simply want to do the right thing for everybody. Reporter: College senior Veronica stern says she'll stay on campus, opting to skip Thanksgiving to avoid any potential spread of the virus. I love amily and I felt like it's the best thing to do is to stay put where I am. I didn't want to say anything to steer her one way or the other, but I did feel like bursting out crying because, you know, there's been a lot of things we haven't done this Reporter: Like the sterns many families nationwide are taking precautions amid the rise in covid cases. The first week or the first two weeks maybe I just wouldn't be as close to them as maybe just to be sure. Reporter: According to a "New York Times" study universities from state to state have reported more than 320,000 cases of the virus. One-fifth in the last month alone. Many now flocking to testing sites before tavel. I'm going home for thanksgivi my brother, my older brother's immunocompromised. So want to make sure I'm safe before I go home. I like how they did the exit testing. It was a nice reassurance I won't bring it back to my family. Reporter: Experts aug testing isn't a guarantee. State officials from multiple states pleading with Americans to avoid big family gatherings. Is every single person going to abide by that? Surely not, but I hope many of them will. Reporter: Families gathering for Thanksgiving, health officials are advising you practice social distancing within your household. Keep cross contaminatia limit. Don't share food and utensils. Wear a mask indoors if the gathering includes people from different households and if your child does attend a school out of state, driving home may be a safer alternative to flying. Eva? Stephanie, some good advice and tips for families this morning. Coming up on "Good morning

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