US CDC adds Japan and Israel to the list of countries at “very high” COVID-19 risk


On February 7, U.S. health officials expanded the list to include more than 130 other countries, where travelers to Israel and six other countries are at “very high” risk from COVID-19. I said that I am doing it.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned against going to Israel, Japan, Cuba, Armenia, Libya, Oman, and Congo.

These countries have already been added to the list, which includes European countries such as Austria and Belgium. African countries like Botswana and Niger. Middle Eastern countries such as Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

“Avoid traveling to these destinations. If you need to travel to these destinations, make sure you are fully vaccinated before traveling,” the agency said. That website..

Complete vaccination refers to two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson.

However, specific country-specific guidance requires travelers not only to be fully vaccinated, but also to “keep the COVID-19 vaccine up to date” before traveling.

According to federal health authorities, up-to-date means getting booster shots when you qualify. Currently 5 months after the second Moderna or Pfizer shot, or 2 months after the Johnson & Johnson shot.

Using boosters does not completely protect people from the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus that causes COVID-19.

“Even if you have the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccine, you may still be at risk of getting and spreading COVID-19,” said the CDC, who masks indoor public spaces for people over the age of two. It is recommended to wear.

The “Very High” category is the highest of the five categories. Others are “Unknown”, “Low”, “Medium”, and “High”.

According to the CDC, risk decisions are made by analyzing the level of COVID-19 in a country and taking into account additional information such as vaccination rates and hospitalizations.

Some of the countries designated as “very high” risk, such as Israel, are the most vaccinated in the world.

Vaccines had already declined over time against infections from the CCP virus when delta variants were predominant in many countries. Omicron variants that replaced Delta in late 2021 in the United States and elsewhere can better avoid vaccine protection.

The CDC was finally promoted to a higher category in January. At that time, the agency relocated Angila, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, French Giana, Kosovo, Mexico, Moldova, Paraguay, Philippines, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Singapore.

Lowering a country’s risk level is when the country’s COVID-19 case rate and test indicators are met. Specific threshold Developed by the CDC.

Zachary Stieber

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Zachary Stieber features US news and stories related to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is based in Maryland.

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