“Travel quarantine rules may still apply regardless if a traveler has been vaccinated or not” — Paul Ebeling
Fully vaccinated Americans do not need to quarantine if they are exposed to someone with COVID-19, according to new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The new recommendation, released last Wednesday, exempts those who have received the full dose of an approved vaccines from having to self-isolate if they are exposed. Currently, that means 2 doses of either the Pfizer/BioNTech or the Moderna vaccine as well as a 2-wk wait for their immunity to kick-in.
Individuals must also remain asymptomatic since their exposure but should watch for symptoms for 14 days.
CDC recommends Americans take advantage of this guidance only if they have received their vaccine within 3 months of being exposed because it remains unclear as to how long vaccine immunity lasts. What?
“Although the risk of [COVID-19] transmission from vaccinated persons to others is still uncertain, vaccination has been demonstrated to prevent symptomatic COVID-19,” the agency wrote, noting “symptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission is thought to have a greater role in transmission” than asymptomatic cases.
Adding that, “Additionally, individual and societal benefits of avoiding unnecessary quarantine may outweigh the potential but unknown risk of transmission.“
Vaccinated international travelers are not exempt from quarantine or the CDC’s requirement to get tested before boarding a flight to the US.
The agency went on to say that just because vaccinated Americans don’t have to quarantine, the vaccine doesn’t exempt them from following health protocols like mask-wearing and social distancing.
“At this time, vaccinated persons should continue to follow current guidance to protect themselves and others, including wearing a mask, staying at least 6 ft away from others, avoiding crowds, avoiding poorly ventilated spaces, covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands often, following CDC travel guidance, and following any applicable workplace or school guidance, including guidance related to personal protective equipment use or testing,” the agency wrote.
Also, the CDC also recommended double masking or opting for a tightly fitting mask on Wednesday, with some findings showing that doing so can reduce the spread of COVID-19 by 95.6%, All of thist when the vast amount of study shows the empirical is very expulsed that masking and social distancing have very little if any relevance to the contraction of the coronavirus. Thus, begging the Big Q: Why the continuing fearmongering?
Have a healthy weekend, Keep the Faith!