at home and abroad, as long as they take basic precautions like wearing masks, federal health officials announced on Friday, a long-awaited change from the dire government warnings that have kept many millions home for the past year. In announcing the news conference, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials stressed that they preferred to avoid travel. But they said growing evidence of the real-world effectiveness of the vaccines — which have been given to more than 100 million Americans — suggested that inoculated people could do so “at low risk to themselves.”
The shift in the C.D.C.’s official stance comes at a moment of hope and peril in the pandemic. The pace of vaccinations has been rapidly accelerating across the country, and the number of deaths has been declining. Yet cases are increasing significantly in many states as new variants of the expressed concern that the government sent confusing signals to the public.through the country. Just last Monday, Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, the C.D.C. director, warned of a if states and cities continued to loosen public health restrictions, telling reporters she had feelings of “impending doom.” Some public health experts were surprised by Friday’s announcement and
“It’s a mix of ‘please don’t travel,’ at the same Public Health. “I think it’s very confusing and goes counter to the message we heard earlier this , to ‘stay put,’ ‘hold on,’ ‘be patient.’ And that worries me. Public health messaging has to be very clear, very consistent, and it has to be very simple.” Dr. Walensky acknowledged the during Friday’s news conference. “The science shows us that getting allows you to do more things safely, and it’s important for us to provide that guidance even in the context of rising cases,” she said., this is easing travel for a subset of people,” said Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, professor of epidemiology and medicine at Columbia Mailman School of
The comes back, U.S. jobs come back,” said Roger Dow, the chief executive of the U.S. Travel Association, an , said in a statement. Federal officials remained adamant that people who have not been should not travel at all, a position widely supported by public health experts. “If you are fully vaccinated, you can return to travel, but if you are not, there is still a lot of viruses circulating, and it is still a risky undertaking, and you should defer until you get vaccinated or the situation improves,” said Caitlin Rivers, an epidemiologist and assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Health.welcomed the new guidance, hoping it might begin a turn of fortune for airlines, hotels, and tourist destinations, which have suffered mounting losses for over a year. “As travel
If unvaccinated people must travel, the C.D.C. recommends they be tested for coronavirus infection one to threebefore and again three to five days after it’s over. The agency said they should self-quarantine for seven days after a trip and ten days if they do not get tested. People are considered fully of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or two weeks after receiving the second dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna shot. According to the latest numbers from the C.D.C., some 58 million people in the U.S., 22 percent of the adult population, have been fully vaccinated.
Scientists are still unsure whether study suggested such cases might be rare. Still, until that question is resolved, many public Americans to do as they please. They people to continue wearing masks, practicing social distancing, and taking other precautions. Under the new C.D.C. guidance, fully vaccinated domestically do not need to be tested for the coronavirus or follow quarantine procedures at the destination or after returning home. When they travel abroad, they only or quarantine if the country they are going to requires it.may even be infected briefly and transmit the virus to others. A recent C.D.C.
However, the guidance says they must have a negative coronavirus test before, and they should get tested three to five days again after their return. The recommendation is predicated on the idea that may still become infected with the virus. The C.D.C. also cited a lack of in other countries and concern about the potential introduction and spread of new variants of the virus that are more prevalent overseas. Most states have accelerated their timelines for opening vaccinations to all adults as the pace of vaccinations increased. As of Friday, an average of nearly three .
The new advice adds to C.D.C. recommendations issued inmay gather in small groups in private settings without masks or social distancing and may visit with unvaccinated individuals from a single household as long as they are at low risk for developing the severe disease if infected with the virus. Travel has increased warms and Americans become fatigued by pandemic restrictions. Last Sunday was the busiest day at domestic airports . According to the Transportation Security Administration, nearly 1.6 million people passed the security checkpoints at American airports.
But the industry’s concerns are far from over. The pandemic has also shown businessesand small that their employees can often be just as productive working remotely as in face-to-face meetings. As a result, the airline and hotel industries expect it will be years before lucrative corporate travel recovers to , leaving a gaping hole in revenues. And while leisure travel within the may be recovering steadily, airlines expect it will still take until 2023 or 2024 for passenger volumes to reach 2019 levels, according to Airlines for America, an industry group. The group said the industry lost over $35 billion and continues to lose tens of millions daily.
Many countries, including those in the, still block most Americans from coming. Some are starting to make exceptions for those who are vaccinated. As of March 26, Americans who can present proof of vaccination can visit Iceland, for example, and avoid such restrictions as testing and quarantine, the country’s government said The C.D.C. on Thursday also issued more detailed technical instructions for cruise lines, requiring them to take steps to develop vaccination strategies and make plans for routine testing of crew members and before they can run simulated trial runs of voyages with volunteers, before taking on real passengers. The C.D.C.’s directives acknowledge that taking cruises “will always pose some transmission.” Some destinations and have already started requiring that travelers be fully vaccinated. The requires passengers and crew members 18 or older to be vaccinated to board its ships, as are Virgin Voyages, Crystal Cruises, and others. For the moment, airlines do not for travel. But the idea has been much talked about in the industry.