When the Center for Disease Control and Prevention issued the guidelines to be followed by people who are fully vaccinated, some celebrated. However, some people were still let down by the continued restriction of travel that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention had issued.
New CDC Guidelines That We Can Expect
However, with several factors that could tip the scales resulting in another surge in cases, authorities don’t want to take a chance and risk the further spread of the Coronavirus. The reason for this decision is the fact that cases are at an overwhelming level of 60,000 new cases a day. To add fuel to the fire, there are variants of the virus that have become a game-changer in the fight against the Coronavirus.
The director of the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Rochelle Walensky said that these will not be the only guidelines issued. At a White House press conference she stated, “Our understanding of the virus continues to rapidly evolve. The recommendations issued today are just a first step.”
A senior adviser of the Biden administration, Andy Slavitt that currently only 10% of the population has been vaccinated. As that number increases, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention will continue to add more guidelines and safety precautions for vaccinated people to follow.
Slavitt stated, “The rate at which new guidance will develop is directly related to how quickly we vaccinate the country. This is the key point. At 10% vaccinations, we have this guidance. At 20-30%, we will have new guidance.”
Slavitt went on to say that there will be a significant change in the delivery of the next set of guidelines. He said that it will be a change from the binary messaging system that was seen in the previous guidelines. The current guidelines state that everyone should avoid medium to large-sized gatherings. Vaccinated people must also follow this guideline. In the new guideline, however, the information will be more descriptive. It will explain which situations are of high, medium, and low-risk categories.
According to Dr. Onyema Ogbuagu, an infectious disease specialist at Yale, the CDC could be a “little more broad-ranging” when addressing certain spots such as gyms and restaurants. Dr. Ogbuagu said, “With a range, the public can better gauge what’s a negligible risk or higher risk.”
When it comes to travel restrictions coma the center for Disease Control and Prevention remains firm in its stand that one must delay travel and stay at home. The CDC guidelines are clear on this point, “follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations”.
According to the spokesman of the CDC, Jason McDonald the CDC might “update its travel recommendations for fully vaccinated people as more people are vaccinated and we learn more about how vaccines work in the real world. This is something we will be closely watching in the United States.” He further elaborated by stating, “ several new virus variants have spread globally and in the U.S. through travel. Because of the increased risk for both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, everyone, regardless of vaccination status, should still take all CDC-recommended precautions before, during, and after travel.”
CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky highlighted the fact that “every time there’s a surge in travel, we have a surge in cases in this country. We are really trying to restrain travel at this current period of time, and we’re hopeful that our next set of guidance will have more science around what vaccinated people can do.” However several people seem to find this part of the guidelines too restricting. Airlines have been urging the CDC to change this part of the guidelines. Some health experts even disagree with the travel restrictions touring the fact that those who are vaccinated should be encouraged to travel.