Within the United States and internationally, Americans who have been fully vaccinated against coronoviruses can travel “at low risk for themselves”, but should take precautions like wearing masks to possibly spread the virus to others Could be avoided, federal health officials said on Friday.
The new recommendations are a minor departure from previous advice. Federal health officials have urged Americans not to travel at all, unless they are at all. This recommendation still applies, with the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Drs. Rochelle Wallensky told reporters at a White House news conference on Friday.
New virus cases, hospitalizations and new deaths have dropped significantly since their January peaks, but new infections remain at a level that health officials say is much higher. According to a New York Times database, on average, new deaths have fallen below 900 in just one day. The number of hospitalized people has started coming down.
With case Increase in recent weeks, federal health officials are concerned about the potential impact Loosen restrictions. Scientists are not yet sure whether, or How often, vaccinated people can get infected, Even briefly, and transmit viruses to others. A recent cdc study Suggested that this may be a rare occurrence, And Agency said On Friday, about 101.8 million people – about a third of the population – had received at least one dose of the Kovid-19 vaccine.
Until that question is resolved, many public health officials feel it is unwise to tell vaccinated Americans to do as they wish. Yet at the same time, Drs. Valensky said on Friday, the agency expressed a willingness to accept a growing body of evidence, stating that the risk for vaccinated travelers themselves is comparatively low.
“On the one hand, we are telling you that we are concerned with growing matters, to wear masks, and to avoid traveling,” Dr. Walski said. “Yet on the other hand we are saying that if you are vaccinated, developing the data suggests that the risk of travel is less likely.”
Countrywide travel is on the rise As the weather warms up and Americans become exhausted with the epidemic ban. Last Sunday, for example, was Busiest days at domestic airports Ever since the epidemic started. Many states have removed restrictions and masked, keeping tourists in view of growing caseloads in some areas.
Earlier this week, Drs. Valensky warned that the increase Call him “impending doom.” Some scientists predicted weeks ago Could number of infections Curve upward again in late MarchAt least in part due to Rise of virus variants Across the country.
President Biden, who previously urged states to uphold or reinstate the masked mandate, requested Americans on Friday to keep health experts adhering to the guidelines and get vaccinated as soon as possible. Most states have Speed up their deadline To open vaccination to all adults, as the pace of vaccination has increased. As of Friday, on average, about three million The shots were being administered in one day, According to the data reported by the CDC
“A lot of Americans are acting as if this fight is over,” Mr. Biden said. “But it’s still April, not July, we’re not there yet.”
People are fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or two weeks after receiving the second dose of the two-dose regimen from Pfizer-BioNotech or Moderna.
Fully vaccinated Americans who are traveling domestically do not require testing and do not need to follow quarantine procedures at the destination or when returning home, the CDC now advises.
Vaccinated Americans are not required to receive a coronovirus test prior to international travel, unless required to do so by authorities at the destination. It may also be necessary for some destinations to have vaccinated travelers after arrival. The CDC said that vaccinated travelers are not required to return unless required to do so by local authorities.
But the CDC says that commentators traveling internationally are required to behave in a negative manner Coronavirus test They must undergo tests three to five days after flying to the United States, and three to five days after their return home.
The recommendation is dedicated to the idea that Vaccinated people may still be infected with the virus. The CDC also cited a lack of vaccine coverage in other countries, and worried about the possible introduction and spread of new variants of the virus prevalent abroad.
The new advice states that the CDC recommendations issued in early March state Fully vaccinated people may gather in small groups In private settings without masks or social distinctions, and are less at risk for developing serious illness when infected, as long as they can travel with disqualified individuals from the same home.
The travel recommendations issued on Friday do not change the CDC guidelines for CDs. The agency continues to discourage non-domestic travel by those who are not fully immunized, saying that if they must travel, they should have one to three days before their trip and then three to five days after the transition. Should be tested
The agency said that unsolicited passengers should also stay indigenously and self-quarantine for seven days after the trip, quarantine for 10 days if they do not undergo the test after the trip. Both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals should monitor themselves for symptoms after a visit, and all should wear masks and take other precautions in public.
Many countries, including those from the European Union, still prevent the majority of Americans from arriving. Some people are starting to make exceptions for vaccination. As of March 26, fully vaccinated Americans who can present proof of vaccination, for example, can visit Iceland and avoid restrictions such as testing and quarantine, The government of the country said.