Anyone flying into the United States from the United Kingdom should test negative for COVID-19 inside 72 hours earlier than their flight, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention introduced Thursday. The company cited considerations over a brand new variant of the coronavirus as the rationale for the rule, which works into impact Monday.
The coronavirus, like all viruses, has frequently mutated because it has unfold via the inhabitants. Most mutations don’t make a virus behave any otherwise, however this new variant, which emerged within the UK, does seem to unfold extra simply than different types of the virus. It doesn’t seem to make individuals sicker and doesn’t appear to be extra lethal, though researchers are nonetheless learning that query. Experts say the already licensed COVID-19 vaccines will seemingly nonetheless be efficient towards it.
The new variant is spreading shortly via London and southeast England. Prime Minister Boris Johnson put the world beneath stricter lockdown to comprise it, and dozens of nations have banned travelers from the UK.
Two US states, New York and Washington, have already got UK journey restrictions in place. British Airways, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic agreed to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s request to test travelers flying into the state. Washington is asking individuals touring from the UK to quarantine for 14 days.
Anthony Fauci stated on Good Morning America earlier this week that he wouldn’t suggest a full ban on journey from the UK, which he known as “draconian.” Testing was a extra sensible step, stated Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Asking travelers to get COVID-19 assessments is a simpler display screen than temperature and symptom checks, which don’t find yourself catching many sick individuals. Still, a test inside three days of touring gained’t be an ideal web: somebody may test negative a day earlier than their journey and develop signs after they land.
It’s attainable that the brand new variant is already circulating within the US, Fauci stated. “When you have this amount of spread within a place like the UK, you really need to assume that it’s here already.”