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CDC Changes Risk Assessment System for International Destinations

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CDC Risk International Destinations

CDC Changes Risk Assessment System for International Destinations

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) unveiled this week a new system for travel risk assessments for international destinations. There are now three levels that vary from “Low risk for Covid-19” to high risk.

There’s still an “Unknown” for destinations that don’t have enough data to assess risk. And then there’s a “Level 4” designation, which doesn’t include any countries for now. This level will be reserved for special circumstances, such as rapidly escalating case trajectory or extremely high case counts, emergence of a new variant of concern, or healthcare infrastructure collapse.

With this new configuration, travelers will have a more actionable alert for when they should not travel to a certain destination (Level 4), regardless of vaccination status, until we have a clearer understanding of the COVID-19 situation at that destination.

Levels 1, 2 and 3 will continue to be primarily determined by 28-day incidence or case counts. Level 3 applies to destinations that have had more than 100 cases per 100,000 residents in the past 28 days. That includes many European countries such as Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, UK, and also countries in the Americas such as Mexico Canada, Brazil and more. In all, there are just over 120 destinations at Level 3.

Level 2 applies to destinations with 50 to 100 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 residents in the past 28 days. There are only 11 entries at this level. “Level 1: Covid-19 Low,” destinations must have 49 or fewer new cases per 100,000 residents over the past 28 days. You can see the full list of destinations and their designation here.

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  1. Quote”Life is so strange when you don’t know
    How can you tell where you’re going to?
    You can’t be sure of any situation
    Something could change and then you won’t know”
    From lyrics: Destination Unknown by Missing Persons

  2. The CDC stopped having relevance in 2020.

    In the last two years, I have visited 15-20 countries on the ‘do not travel list’
    Zero issue.

    Only an insane person would pause their life because some government agency told them too.
    (and most people DID… lol)


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