New provisions for international travelers: a viral test before traveling

Another level of Travel Health Notices will be implemented.

After reviewing the Health Advisory System yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined new recommendations for testing before and after international air travel.

This is in order to reduce the risk of infection and have more control over the incidence.

They report that, for travelers and physicians going worldwide, the Health Advisories have 3 levels, but now another level, COVID-19, will be implemented. This indicates low, moderate, high and very high levels of COVID-19.

These are based on the incidence rate (counts of new cases with populations of 200,000 or less) and the trajectory of new cases.

Now the CDC recommends that international travelers be tested with a viral test. They should be tested 1 to 3 days before their flight and tested 3 to 5 days after their trip and stay home for 7 days. If a traveler is not tested, it is safest to stay home for 14 days.

The authorities add that, if the tests do not eliminate all risks when combined with staying home and using masks, distancing and hand washing can make the trip much safer.
If an American chooses to travel abroad, planning ahead is recommended: getting tested, taking steps to limit their exposures and avoid risky activities for 14 days before traveling.

And finally, if you are sick or have symptoms, travelers will need to delay their trip.

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