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CDC Recommends Unvaccinated Individuals to Avoid Traveling on Labor Day


CDC Recommends Unvaccinated Individuals to Avoid Traveling on Labor Day

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During Labor Day weekend, people typically seek relaxation and travel opportunities. However, amidst the ongoing COVID-19 situation, travel poses significant risks. Throughout the pandemic, traveling has been a sensitive issue, with many desiring to venture beyond their homes. Thanks to vaccines and safety measures such as mask-wearing, long-distance travel has become relatively safer. Nonetheless, it is essential to be fully vaccinated to safeguard oneself.

Prior to the extended weekend, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance regarding travel. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the CDC, advised unvaccinated individuals to refrain from traveling. At a White House briefing on COVID-19, she stated that being vaccinated should be a top priority for travelers.

Jeff Zients, the White House’s COVID-19 Response Coordinator, emphasized the importance of vaccination in the pre-holiday preparations. Unfortunately, several regions in the U.S. still exhibit low vaccination rates due to accessibility challenges or personal hesitancy. Travelers from these areas may inadvertently trigger localized COVID-19 outbreaks among unvaccinated individuals, potentially intensifying the disease’s spread.

If you are not fully vaccinated but must travel over the weekend, the CDC suggests a precautionary checklist. Before your journey, undergo a COVID-19 test 1-3 days prior. Following your return, get tested again 3-5 days later and self-isolate for a minimum of one week. Additionally, wear a mask in close proximity to others, maintain regular hand hygiene, and monitor your health status.

Walensky indicated that fully vaccinated individuals wearing masks can embark on travels. However, considering the current disease transmission rates, people should assess their own risks when contemplating travel.

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