While travel restrictions are now a part of the new normal travelling routine, due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the American ‘Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’ has now made changes to its recommendations for quarantine.
Previously the CDC recommended that travellers shout be quarantined for 14 days after visiting overseas destinations or arriving in areas with a high number of confirmed Covid-19 cases, but the subject has that changed since Tuesday.
Referring to the CDC’s official website, we learn that the mandatory quarantine portion of the order has been lifted and travellers are being advised to follow the same protocols people should be following daily anyway. In other words, travellers are no different than others who stay at home, they might be more exposed to the virus but the observance of the protocols, which could be mandatory, could keep the problem away.
According to the CDC, regardless of the tourist’s destination for the remainder of 2020, people should practice physical distancing, wear a face mask, wash their hands regularly and watch their symptoms for the possibility of coronavirus when they return home. This protocol is no longer for special marked people, it has been generalized and by now universalized.
The CDC believes that quarantine or not, people who travel could pose a risk to the community for 14 days after they were unknowingly exposed to the virus.
This being said, some agencies still recommend travellers that visit areas with a high number of coronavirus cases or are still in the habit of attending large gatherings, public places or sites, and sail on a cruise ship, quarantine themselves for at least 14 days, monitor their symptoms, and get tested for the virus.