Vaccinated People Can Travel, Says The CDC
Vaccinated individuals can travel safely according to the new CDC pandemic guidelines released on Friday, but must continue to take COVID-19 safety precautions when traveling, such as: B. wearing a mask during public and social distancing.
The long-awaited guidelines are released as U.S. COVID-19 vaccinations surge nationwide and summer travel season approaches. Around 100 million people have now received at least one dose of vaccine. More than 200 million cans were sent nationwide.
“We continue to encourage every American to get vaccinated as soon as it is their turn so we can begin to safely return to our daily lives,” said CDC director Rochelle Walensky in a statement in which the travel policy was published on Friday. “Vaccines can help us get back to the things we love about life. So we encourage every American to get vaccinated as soon as they have the opportunity.”
The health department has so far only issued sparse guidelines on which activities vaccinated people can safely resume. Last month, the agency released safety recommendations that allow vaccinated people to meet indoors without a mask or with another unvaccinated household if they are at low risk of serious illness.
The new CDC travel guidelines state:
- Fully vaccinated people can travel internationally without first having a COVID-19 test, unless required by the country they are traveling to.
- Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to self-quarantine upon returning to the United States unless a state or local jurisdiction requires it.
- Fully vaccinated people should have a negative COVID-19 test before flying to the United States. You should also be tested for COVID-19 three to five days after returning from international travel.
- Fully vaccinated people should continue to take COVID-19 precautions – such as wearing a mask in public, social distancing, and hand washing – when traveling internationally.
Last week, data from health care workers released by the CDC showed that widespread two-dose vaccines appear to prevent 90% of COVID-19 infections. This is a very effective rate that has increased public health experts’ confidence in the shots. In particular, finding that the shots prevented asymptomatic cases, which are believed to play a large role in spreading the virus, has increased confidence in easing restrictions on vaccinated individuals.
People are considered fully protected by the vaccines two weeks after their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer / BioNTech vaccines, or two weeks after their single vaccination with Johnson & Johnson.
The tour guide comes as states in the U.S. report a worrying spike in cases that Walensky has warned could lead to a fourth spike. On Monday, the CDC director attributed the increase in cases to states rushing to reopen, the proliferation of transferable variants and the increase in tourist traffic. Other experts are optimistic that the surge in vaccinations, especially among the elderly and other vulnerable populations, will lead to a surge in cases that will not lead to as many hospitalizations or deaths.
According to CDC guidelines, as well as in airports and other transport hubs, masks are still required on airplanes, buses and trains.
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