NEW YORK (AP) — Anybody flying to the U.S. will quickly want to point out proof of a adverse take a look at for COVID-19, well being officers introduced Tuesday.
The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention requirement expands on an analogous one introduced late final month for passengers coming from the UK. The brand new order takes impact in two weeks.
COVID is already widespread within the U.S., with greater than 22 million instances reported to this point, together with greater than 375,000 deaths. The brand new measures are designed to attempt to forestall vacationers from bringing in newer types of the virus that scientists say can unfold extra simply.
The CDC order applies to U.S. residents in addition to international vacationers. The company stated it delayed the efficient date till Jan. 26 to provide airways and vacationers time to conform.
Worldwide journey to the U.S. has already been decimated by pandemic restrictions put in place final March that banned most foreigners from Europe and different areas. Journey by foreigners to the U.S. and by People to worldwide locations in December was down 76% in comparison with a yr earlier, in line with commerce group Airways for America.
The brand new restrictions require air passengers to get a COVID-19 take a look at inside three days of their flight to the U.S., and to offer written proof of the take a look at consequence to the airline. Vacationers can even present documentation that that they had the an infection prior to now and recovered.
Airways are ordered to cease passengers from boarding in the event that they don’t have proof of a adverse take a look at.
“Testing doesn’t remove all danger,” CDC Director Robert R. Redfield stated in a press release. “However when mixed with a interval of staying at dwelling and on a regular basis precautions like carrying masks and social distancing, it may make journey safer, more healthy, and extra accountable by lowering unfold on planes, in airports, and at locations.”
The CDC order is “an affordable strategy” to lowering the danger of latest variants from overseas getting into the U.S., stated Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of Brown College’s college of public well being.
It’s probably that the just lately recognized model of the virus from the UK is “most likely in each state or most states. That is going to do nothing for that,” Jha stated. To date, 10 states have reported 72 instances of the variant.
However the brand new order could cease or diminish unfold of different new variations of the virus, like one just lately recognized in South Africa.
“I can think about different nations are going to impose (preflight testing) on us,” he added.
Airways have been lobbying for preflight testing to switch broad journey restrictions between the U.S. and the remainder of the world. In some instances, they’ve organized for passengers to keep away from quarantines after arrival by getting examined earlier than their flight.
Testing “is vital to unlocking worldwide borders and safely reopening world journey,” stated Nicole Carriere, a spokeswoman for United Airways, considered one of three main U.S. carriers that flies to Europe and Asia.
Others say the CDC order is unlikely to trigger an instantaneous spike in worldwide journey.
“Persons are being inspired by their public well being authorities to not journey, even domestically,” stated Henry Hartevedlt, a journey analyst for Ambiance Analysis Group.
He doesn’t anticipate air journey to choose up till the summer time when extra folks have been vaccinated.
Koenig reported from Dallas
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