WHO advises unvaccinated people aged 60 and older to postpone travel

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The World Health Organization mentioned Tuesday that people 60 and older who usually are not vaccinated or haven’t beforehand had COVID-19 ought to postpone touring “to areas with community transmission,” citing the unfold of the Omicron variant. The group, which named Omicron as a variant of concern days earlier, issued a press release criticizing widespread travel bans and arguing that important travel ought to proceed as long as vacationers stay vigilant.

WHO named Omicron a variant of concern on Friday, and 56 international locations issued travel restrictions within the following days, in accordance to the group. The U.S. banned travel from South Africa and seven different southern African international locations beginning Monday. 

Although the well being group has criticized such “blanket bans” from international locations, it mentioned on Tuesday that “persons who have not been fully vaccinated or do not have proof of previous SARS-CoV-2 infection and are at increased risk of developing severe disease and dying, including people 60 years of age or older or those with comorbidities that present increased risk of severe COVID-19 (e.g. heart disease, cancer and diabetes), should be advised to postpone travel to areas with community transmission.”

Travelers make their approach by the Miami International Airport earlier than beginning the Labor Day weekend on September 3, 2021, in Miami, Florida.

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According to the WHO, important worldwide vacationers ought to be prioritized throughout the pandemic, whereas different vacationers ought to purpose “to remain vigilant for signs and symptoms of COVID-19, to get vaccinated when it is their turn and to adhere to public health and social measures at all times and regardless of vaccination status.”

The WHO beneficial that every nation assess its personal threat and implement measures like screening passengers for COVID-19 and imposing a quarantine for worldwide vacationers if the necessity arises.

“All measures should be commensurate with the risk, time-limited and applied with respect to travellers’ dignity, human rights and fundamental freedoms,” the group mentioned.

Sophie Reardon

Sophie Reardon is a News Editor at CBS News. Reach her at [email protected]

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