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CDC Guidelines For Returning To Work After Traveling

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At the rate that things are changing around the world, it looks as though vacations this summer may be an option for the millions of travel-starved people in the US. Declining infection rates and rising vaccination numbers have made this a possibility, where once there was only the faintest slither of hope. Unless you’re lucky enough to be one of the people who work remotely whilst traveling, the reality is that you’ll have to return to work eventually – and in a post-Covid world, that can be tricky. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

CDC Guidelines For Returning To Work That Travelers Should Know

Returning To Work – What Unvaccinated Travelers Should Know

For unvaccinated travelers returning home from domestic travel, the CDC recommends getting tested 3-5 days after travel, as well as self-quarantining for a period of 7 days, or self-quarantining for 10 days without taking a Covid-19 test. The rules are also the same for those returning from international travel, though travelers should be aware that there may be state-specific policies that need to be followed, so that should be checked beforehand. Whilst it is possible to work from when undergoing a period of self-quarantine, travelers should not return to their offices under any circumstances whilst taking part in the self-quarantine.

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Returning To Work – Information For Vaccinated Travelers

Much like entry restrictions change around the world depending on whether or not you are vaccinated, steps that you may need to take when returning to work as a vaccinated traveler are different to those who do so whilst not being vaccinated.

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Fully vaccinated refers to those with a full dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, but the below guidelines also apply to those who have recovered from Covid-19 in the past three months, due to the fact that their antibodies can still be present.

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As one might expect, returning to work as a vaccinated traveler is easier than doing so as one who isn’t – though they should still take steps to prevent unnecessary exposure due to the fact that they can still contract the virus. There is no need for them to quarantine after their travel period, nor do they need to take a Covid-19 test. Whilst the fully vaccinated are not advised to get a post-travel diagnostic test following domestic trips before they return to work, those who do so and test positive will need to quarantine.

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Those returning from international travel will need to take a diagnostic test in order to re-enter the country; should the test be negative, the traveler will be able to work as soon as they want to.

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CDC’s Advice For Returning To Work

As well as providing the framework for when people should return to work after traveling, the CDC has provided important information on how workers can stay safe in the workplace and minimize the spread and chances of catching Covid-19 on their return.

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The CDC’s suggestions include:

  • Isolating if you fear you have contracted the virus, or been into contact with someone who has
  • Minimizing physical interactions at work, and maintaining social distancing and wearing a mask when you have to do so
  • Avoid sharing equipment or tools when possible, and ensure to disinfect frequently used appliances after use
  • Wear a mask, ensure that coughs and sneezes are covered and use hand sanitizer or soap and water regularly

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Tuesday 20th of April 2021

I'm sorry but if your wearing a mask and they are supposed to work why do you have to cover a sneeze or a cough.