This past year, the pandemic has taken its toll on all of our lives. Many families have not been able to travel to see their loved ones for well over a year now. However, a new statement from the CDC will finally allow separated families and loved ones to see each other again without fear of it being too unsafe!
The CDC has announced today that people who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 can freely travel in the U.S., provided that they continue to wear masks on planes, buses and trains. Fully vaccinated grandparents can fly to visit their healthy grandkids without getting a Covid-19 test, or self-quarantining, provided they follow the other recommended prevention measures,” CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Friday during a news briefing.
The CDC also announced that tests are no longer required for fully vaccinated people before or after a trip within the U.S., and there is no need for them to self-quarantine when they arrive back. No U.S. airlines currently require negative Covid-19 tests in order to travel, so travellers shouldn’t need to provide any results.
These rules also apply to vaccinated people traveling internationally, with exceptions for certain destination countries that may require a negative Covid-19 test for entry. Despite this, the CDC recommends people test negative before coming back into the country.
This new guidance is sure to have an impact, despite the fact that people have already been deciding how safe it is to travel on their own. According to NBC News, American Airlines reported Monday that their bookings have gone up 90%, compared to what they were before the pandemic.
For those of us who have been experiencing cabin fever, depression and loneliness, this is great news. However, we must remain alert, because we are not all the way out of the woods yet. The current seven-day average of new cases is slightly above 62,000 cases per day.
It’s also important to remember that a person isn’t considered fully vaccinated until two weeks after their last dose of Covid-19 vaccine, giving the body enough time to build antibodies against the virus. According to the CDC, it is expected that the vaccination records in the U.S. will surpass 100 million people on Friday, with more than 56 million Americans who are fully vaccinated.