According to new guidelines issued by the CDC on Friday, vaccinated people can travel safely, but they must continue to take COVID-19 safety precautions when doing so, such as wearing masks in public places and social distancing.
As the long-awaited guide is released, the United States Coronavirus disease As the summer tourist season approaches, vaccinations across the country have increased.on 56 million people in the U.S., Accounting for 16.9% of the total population, has now been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, and 100 million people Have received at least one dose of vaccine.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said at the White House COVID-19 briefing: “We now have several newly released studies documenting the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines in the real world, so today We will release an update to the guidelines for people who are fully vaccinated.” Friday. “A person who is fully vaccinated can resume travel with low risk.”
She added: “For example, fully vaccinated grandparents can fly to visit their healthy grandchildren without COVID-19 testing or self-isolation, provided they follow other recommended precautions while traveling.”
However, she said that due to COVID-19 National cases continue to rise“I will advocate against general travel in general.”
To date, health agencies have issued a small amount of guidance on what activities the vaccinated person can safely resume. last month, It released Safety advice People who are vaccinated are allowed to meet indoors without wearing a mask or to meet with other unvaccinated families, provided that they have a low risk of serious illness.
this is new CDC travel guide Say:
- People who are fully vaccinated can resume domestic travel. They do not need to be tested before or after the flight, nor do they need to self-quarantine after the trip.
- People who are fully vaccinated should continue to take precautions against COVID-19 when traveling — such as wearing a mask in public, maintaining social distancing, and washing hands.
- Fully vaccinated people can travel internationally without being tested for COVID-19 in advance, unless the country they are traveling to requires this.
- Unless required by a state or local jurisdiction, a fully vaccinated person does not need to self-quarantine after returning to the United States.
- Fully vaccinated people traveling from a foreign country to the United States should have a negative COVID-19 test before boarding. They should also be tested for COVID-19 three to five days after returning.
In the past week, medical personnel The data released by the CDC shows that the widely used two-dose vaccine seems to be very effective in preventing 90% of COVID-19 infections, which has increased the confidence of public health experts in the vaccine. In particular, the discovery of asymptomatic cases that can be prevented by vaccination is believed to have played an important role in the spread of the virus, which has strengthened people’s confidence in relaxing restrictions on vaccinators.
People are considered fully protected by the vaccine two weeks after the second dose of Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, or two weeks after a single injection of Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Masks are still needed According to CDC guidelines, on airplanes, buses, and trains, as well as at airports and other tourist hubs.
Valensky warns that the increase in reported cases in US states is disturbing Threats surge for the fourth timeOn Monday, the CDC director attributed the increase in cases to the large number of unvaccinated people in the United States, the rush of states to reopen, the spread of more transmissible variants, and increased travel. Other experts Zeng said that they are optimistic that with the continued promotion of vaccination, especially among the elderly and other vulnerable groups, the increase in cases will not lead to so many hospitalizations or deaths.
“We are in a life-and-death race against the virus. The war with this virus is far from being won,” White House Chief Epidemic Officer Jeff Zients said on Friday. “Even if we vaccinate a record number of people, we still have more people to be vaccinated, and we are seeing an increase in cases.”
He added: “We are trying to leave this epidemic behind us as quickly as possible, but we have not yet done it. So we need everyone to do their part.”