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    T he U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week issued a new message to domestic travelers : Test before you go.

    With cases and hospitalizations back on the rise in the United States, the agency is now asking travelers to test for COVID-19, using either a PCR or antigen test, as close to the time of departure as possible and no more than three days prior to travel—regardless of vaccination status. Previously, the CDC had only recommended getting tested before domestic travel for those who are unvaccinated.

    So, why the change?

    COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing severe disease and death. However, since vaccines are not 100 percent effective at preventing infection, some people who are up to date can still get COVID-19. People who are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines may feel well and not have symptoms but still can be infected and spread the virus to others,” a CDC spokesperson said in a statement sent to AFAR.

    The CDC considers travelers to be up to date on their COVID vaccines if they have received all doses in the primary series as well as one booster shot once eligible. A second booster shot is currently not needed to be considered up to date.

    In addition to asking that all travelers consider getting tested for COVID no more than three days prior to departure, the CDC also advises all travelers to get tested after they return from their trip, especially if the travel “involved situations with greater risk of exposure such as being in crowded places while not wearing a well-fitting mask.”

    As of May 18, the daily average of COVID cases in the U.S. was 103,231. That’s an increase of more than 50 percent compared to two weeks ago when the daily average was 65,891. Hospitalizations are also up 29 percent over the past two weeks to a daily average of 23,223, according to the New York Times’ COVID tracker .

    Federal health officials on Wednesday warned that the upward trend in cases could continue and added that one-third of the U.S. population now lives in areas where people should be wearing masks indoors again.

    The CDC continues to recommend masks for travel

    Earlier this month, the CDC restated its recommendation that everyone aged two and older wear a well-fitted mask on public transportation and in transportation hubs, including on airplanes and in airports. The CDC’s renewed advice on wearing masks while traveling came just two weeks after a federal judge in Florida struck down the federal transportation mask mandate , resulting in a domino effect of mask requirements being lifted across the country, including on domestic flights.

    “Traveling on public transportation increases a person’s risk of getting and spreading COVID-19 by bringing people in close contact with others, often for prolonged periods,” a CDC spokesperson told AFAR.

    While masking and testing for domestic travel are optional, COVID testing for international travel into the U.S. remains a requirement . All travelers ages two and older entering the U.S. (including U.S. citizens and residents) must provide proof of a negative COVID test from within one day of travel, regardless of vaccination status.

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    Do you need a Covid test for domestic flights?
    Yes, provided that the traveller has tested negative after completing an official COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to departure, and upon arrival the traveller must present a negative COVID-19 test result not older than 72 hours from the time of departure. more
    How long does it take to test negative after a positive COVID test?
    At least 5 days. If you are: Asymptomatic: Isolate for 5 days after the first positive test. more
    Do I need Covid test for domestic flights?
    *Only passengers holding two (02) Negative PCR reports including negative Rapid PCR test conducted maximum six(06) hours before scheduled flight departure time and Covid 19 IGM Negative or less than 1.0 will be allowed to board the flight. more
    Does Aeromexico require Covid test?
    For you own safety and that of others, the use of face masks is mandatory both in the airport and throughout your journey. A negative COVID –19 PCR test result is not required to travel to or within Mexico. more
    Does Panama require Covid test?
    All unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers are required to present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or Antigen) within 72 hours prior to traveling to Panama or be tested at the airport at their expense. Each individual entering Panama must complete and sign an electronic sworn affidavit prior to check-in. more
    Can blood test detect COVID?
    COVID-19 antibody testing, also known as serology testing, is a blood test that's done to find out if you've had a past infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). An antibody test can't determine whether you're currently infected with the COVID-19 virus. more
    Is Covid test mandatory for domestic flights in India?
    Health Screening: COVID Test is not required. Thermal screening will be done for all passengers upon arrival. If you are travelling on a connecting flight and not leaving the airport in transit station then please refer to the detailed guidelines of the respective final destination arrival state. more
    What if you test positive for COVID before a flight?
    Do not leave your place of quarantine or isolation except for an essential medical service or treatment, or to obtain a COVID-19 test. If you need to seek medical care, you must: wear a medical mask. use a private vehicle and do not take public transportation. more
    Does lax require Covid test for domestic flights?
    Air passengers are required to get a viral test within the 3 days before their flight to the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of their test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. more
    How soon after you test positive for COVID can you test negative?
    At least 5 days. If you are: Asymptomatic: Isolate for 5 days after the first positive test. more
    How long can you test positive for COVID-19 after having COVID-19?
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some people who contract COVID-19 can have detectable virus for up to three months, but that doesn't mean they are contagious. When it comes to testing, the PCR tests are more likely to continue picking up the virus following infection. more

    Source: www.msn.com

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