CDC Removes Its 14-Day Quarantine Recommendation for Travelers

August 25, 2020
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    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just dropped their recommendation for people to quarantine for 14 days if they have traveled out of state or country.

    The CDC updated its requirements and now advise travelers to “follow state, territorial, tribal and local recommendations or requirements after travel.”

    Previous rules suggested a 14-day quarantine for those returning from international places or areas with high COVID-19 cases, reported USA Today. 

    Although the guidelines were updated, the CDC cautioned travelers that they can still contract COVID-19 while traveling.

    “You may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can still spread COVID-19 to others,” the agency said. “You and your travel companions (including children) may spread COVID-19 to other people including your family, friends, and community for 14 days after you were exposed to the virus.”

    The CDC also urges travelers to maintain social distancing, wear face masks, wash hands, and monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms.

    If you have to travel, the agency said you should check the recommendations on government websites for their area. Requirements may be different by location.

    However, if you plan to travel internationally, the CDC advises looking at the country’s Office of Foreign Affairs or the Ministry of Health to receive more information.

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