CDC issues new recommendations for unvaccinated travelers ahead of Labor Day
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States has not modified its stance on unvaccinated persons traveling only because it is nearly Labor Day.
The agency continues to advise persons who have not yet had the shot or shots depending on the vaccination, to postpone any travel plans until they are fully immunized against COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised people who are still unvaccinated to stay at home for the holiday weekend. “First and foremost, if you are not immunized, we would not encourage flying,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said at a White House COVID-19 Response Team Briefing on Tuesday, according to media reports.
The suggestion comes as the CDC reports that 38.5 percent of Americans aged 12 and older who are eligible for the vaccination are not completely immunized.
Perhaps more concerning, the media reported that a CDC vaccine consultant recently demonstrated that unvaccinated persons are 16 times more likely than vaccinated people to be hospitalized after contracting COVID-19.
People who have been fully vaccinated, according to the CDC, are less likely to contract and spread COVID-19 and can travel securely inside the United States.
Individuals who have been immunized are nonetheless advised to wear a face mask in areas with a high number of COVID-19 cases, in busy outdoor settings, and during activities that involve close contact with unvaccinated people.
The FDA has also issued advice to unvaccinated tourists, asking them to do a virus test one to three days before their trip and to postpone plans and isolate if a positive result is obtained.
Unvaccinated travelers should always wear a mask fitted snugly over their mouth and nose in public, avoid crowds, keep at least six feet away from persons they aren’t traveling with, and wash or disinfect their hands frequently.
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