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World Health Organization Advises Unvaccinated And Over 60 To Cancel All Travel

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In light of the developments surrounding new variant Omicron in recent weeks, the World Health Organization has updated their travel and health guidance.

On November 30, the WHO released an official advisory to persons 60 and older, unvaccinated travelers and those with certain health conditions to put their upcoming travel plans on hold for now. 

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The organization later added to their statement, saying that, “Persons who are unwell, or 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.”

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WHO Advises Against Any Outright Travel Bans

While the organization is advising some individuals against travel at this time, they are not recommending an outright travel ban. Their reasoning is that they place a heavy burden on livelihoods.

“Blanket travel bans will not prevent the international spread, and they place a heavy burden on lives and livelihoods. In addition, they can adversely impact global health efforts during a pandemic by disincentivizing countries to report and share epidemiological and sequencing data,” WHO officials said in a statement.

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United States To Update Its Entry Guidelines This Week

On Tuesday, White House officials announced that the U.S. will be tightening some of their international travel restrictions in the coming days. The restrictions may include updating the pre-departure testing requirement from 3 days before travel to just 1 day.

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A number of countries across the globe have already tightened their entry restrictions following the news of the new variant and its spread, including the UK, Australia, Argentina, and many EU member states. 

You can read more informaton here n our most recent article on 21 countries that have enacted new travel restrictions due to the new variant.

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Transmissibility Of New Variant Still Unknown, S.African Doctor Says

More cases of the omicron variant have been detected this week, from Australia, to Canada, Spain and most recently, California. When more data from local Covid cases across the globe come in, researchers will be able to conclude if this variant is more, or less, harmful than previous mutations.

It was recently reported by Reuters that a South African doctor, who was one of the first professionals to discover this new virus variant, noticed that patients had some different symptoms compared to the Delta variant, and many individuals were able to be treated at home.

“Most of them are seeing very, very mild symptoms and none of them so far have admitted patients to surgeries. We have been able to treat these patients conservatively at home,” Dr. Coetzee said.

The article also notes that patients have not yet reported a loss of taste or smell, which is unique compared to other strains of the virus.

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Mazzy

Monday 6th of December 2021

Article unclear: 60-and-older who are unvaccinated, or everyone 60-and-older, vaccinated or not. Clarify, please.

Kashlee Kucheran

Monday 6th of December 2021

Those who are 60 and over, as well as persons who are unvaccinated of all ages. You can click on the link to the WHO inside the article and read their complete definitions

Scott

Friday 3rd of December 2021

That advice is 2 years too late, the horse has already bolted, protect the old and vulnerable and the rest of us can get on with our lives, the biggest no brainer in the history of the earth.

Martina

Thursday 2nd of December 2021

The sky is falling!! Quick run and hide!

carson willis

Thursday 2nd of December 2021

Wait are these the same people that said there was no evidence of human to human transfer?

Sanjay

Thursday 2nd of December 2021

Yup, sit at home watch Covid experts cry Covid all day. Don't people get bored of these quacks after 2 years of the same stupid virus show?