The new, more transmissible coronavirus variants—including those from the UK, South Africa, and Brazil—are quickly spreading around the world. And, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is very concerned that if they continue to become dominant, the worst of the pandemic could be ahead of us. Unfortunately, many Americans are propagating the spread of these new variants, without even knowing it by engaging in one activity. During a Wednesday interview with JAMA, she revealed two words of advice that could save thousands of lives and help end the pandemic once and for all. Read on to find out what they are—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.
Dr. Walensky Said These Two Words: “Don’t Travel”
Dr. Walkensky’s advice is simple: “Don’t travel,” she bluntly stated. She also added that a recent study proves that traveling was responsible for the spread of some of the new variants. “I mean, if we learned one thing in this MMWR from Minnesota”—she was referring to the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report—”the experience with the B117 variant, several of them came from California. Their only travel was from California. We really, really would advocate for not traveling right now.”
She added that this is incredibly important, at least until there are more widely available tests that can be done prior to travel, something the CDC is currently working on. “We don’t have the tests now to make that really easy and possible for people who are trying to travel,” she pointed out.
She reiterated, “You shouldn’t be traveling anyway. It’s spring break here in Boston and, and I’m struck by how many people have traveled.”
If you need to travel and is totally essential she strongly urges abiding by “arrival and destination restrictions in terms of quarantine and post arrival tests,” especially as numbers are decreasing. “We’re worried about the variance.”
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How to Handle This During the Pandemic
So follow the fundamentals and help end this surge, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don’t travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don’t go indoors with people you’re not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don’t visit any of these 35 Places You’re Most Likely to Catch COVID.