During a White House press briefing on Tuesday, the Center for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) director Dr. Rochelle Walensky had a pointed message for unvaccinated Americans: do not enjoy your national holiday.
“First and foremost, if you are unvaccinated, we would recommend not traveling” Walensky said as the Labor Day holiday approaches this weekend. “People who are fully vaccinated and who are wearing masks can travel although given where we are with disease transmission right now, we would say that people need to take these risks into their own consideration as they think about traveling” she added.
The CDC also said for unvaccinated travelers who “must” travel that they should seek testing several days prior, and stay masked during travel, while indoors, maintain physical distance, practice good hygiene and avoid crowds.
Any unvaccinated travelers should also undergo testing 3-5 days after their travel and self-isolate for an entire seven days upon their return, regardless of the test results. Those who do not get tested should isolate for 10 days, they suggest. This all feels reminiscent of when President Biden proudly boasted that for the 4th of July, Americans could celebrate our freedom and “get together” in “small groups.”
The New York Post reports:
The comments were prompted by a journalist also questioning why the administration hadn’t taken a tougher stance on advising against travel, while the agency’s travel warnings caution against visiting countries faring better than the US in terms of COVID-19, Associated Press’ Zeke Miller noted, citing Puerto Rico and Canada, which each logged daily averages of roughly 5,700 and 3,000 cases, respectively, per federal figures and data compiled by the World Health Organization.
The US, on the other hand, reported a seven-day moving average of 129,418 cases on Aug. 29, according to CDC data. What’s more, the latest federal figures indicate that over 93 percent of US counties are grappling with high levels of community COVID-19 transmission.