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CDC just quietly adjusted a recommendation for traveling

The CDC has changed its rules about quarantine

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A Lufthansa airplane approaches for landing at the airport in Munich, Germany, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020.

A Lufthansa airplane approaches for landing at the airport in Munich, Germany, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020.

Matthias Schrader, Associated Press

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has changed its recommendations for travelers returning from a trip outside the U.S. or their state.

What’s happening:

  • The CDC updated its travel requirements, allowing travelers to now “follow state, territorial, tribal and local recommendations or requirements after travel.”
  • The previous guideline called for a 14-day quarantine for those who returned from outside the U.S. or from states with a high concentration of cases, according to USA Today.
  • The CDC suggests travelers still follow social distancing guidelines, wear a mask when you’re outside your home, wash your hands all the time and look out for any coronavirus symptoms when you come, though.
Travel increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. Your chances of getting COVID-19 while traveling also depend on whether you and those around you take steps to protect yourself and others, such as wearing masks and staying 6 feet away from people outside your household (social distancing). Airports, bus stations, train stations and rest stops are all places travelers can be exposed to the virus in the air and on surfaces. These are also places where it can be hard to social distance. In general, the longer you are around a person with COVID-19, the more likely you are to get infected. — the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Still, there’s some advice

  • TheCDC suggests those who visit places with a high concentration of COVID-19 cases, attend large parties or sail on a cruise ship get tested when they get home, per TravelPulse.