Updated: January 13, 2021
COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Updated by the CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an order Tuesday, January 13, 2021, requiring passengers embarking on international flights to the U.S. to show a negative coronavirus test before being permitted to travel into the country in a bid to slow the spread of the pandemic.
Effective Jan. 26, all air passengers will be required to take a viral test within three days before their flight to the U.S. departs and must provide the airline either documentation of a negative laboratory test result or proof that they have recovered from a coronavirus infection.
Airlines must deny boarding if passengers do not provide proof of a negative test, documentation of recovery or refuse to take a test, the CDC said.
The order expands on a CDC directive last month that requires passengers traveling from the U.K. to the U.S. to show a negative coronavirus test result before traveling, after the U.K. saw a surge of new infections fueled by a more contagious strain of the virus.
A Johns Hopkins University tracker states the U.S. has counted more than 22.7 million confirmed infections since the beginning of the pandemic, along with 378,457 deaths. Americans are still banned from traveling to many countries across the world, particularly those in Europe.
CDC Recommends Universal Mask Use and Other Strategies
On December 4, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Summary of Guidance for Public Health Strategies to Address High Levels of Community Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and Related Deaths. The summary guidance highlights critical evidence-based CDC recommendations and sustainable strategies to reduce COVID-19 transmission. These strategies include:
- universal face mask use
- maintaining physical distance from other persons and limiting in-person contacts
- avoiding nonessential indoor spaces and crowded outdoor spaces
- increasing testing to rapidly identify and isolate infected persons
- promptly identifying, quarantining and testing close contacts of persons with known COVID-19
- safeguarding persons most at risk for severe illness or death from infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19
- protecting essential workers with provision of adequate personal protective equipment and safe work practices
- postponing travel
- increasing room air ventilation and enhancing hand hygiene and environmental disinfection
- achieving widespread availability and high community coverage with effective COVID-19 vaccines
With regards to universal face mask use, the CDC notes that consistent and correct use of face masks is a public health strategy critical to reducing respiratory transmission of SARS-CoV-2, particularly in light of estimates that approximately one-half of new infections are transmitted by persons who have no symptoms. Compelling evidence now supports the benefits of cloth face masks for both source control (to protect others) and, to a lesser extent, protection of the wearer. The summary guidance includes a useful table with links to all of the guidance for each strategy.
The Team @ AAM
There is a fair amount of bad information out there about COVID-19. We are all in this together and since We at All About Me are All About You, we wanted to provide what we hope is useful information.
COVID-19 Trusted Resources
To stay well informed, credible sources like the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html), and WHO (https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019) have the latest factual information. To access a reliable and secure interactive map visit Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center (https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/us-map).
CARES Act – Useful Facts
– Federal Student Loans: As part of the CARES Act, interest on loans is waived for six months and payments may be suspended six months (ending September 30, 2020). Emergency financial aid may also be available for some students. To learn more, visit the Federal Student Aid webpage here.
– Tax Deadline Extended: The federal income tax deadline has been moved to July 15, 2020. Note that local state tax deadlines vary by state. To learn more about your specific state visit the Tax Foundation.
– 401(k) Loans: There are new loan options for people with 401(k) accounts. Contact your service provider for more information. For example, if your account is with Fidelity you should visit www.401k.com.
Mental Health and COVID-19
It is normal to feel stressed or anxious during this time. It may be especially hard for people who already manage feelings of anxiety or emotional distress. The CDC provides information and resources that may be helpful. Their website can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html.
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