The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued new guidance for the unvaccinated during this upcoming Labor Day weekend. Typically, the Labor Day holiday represents one of the largest travel weekends of the year as millions of people try to squeeze in one last gasp of the Summer before finally admitting school and the fall and (soon) the cold are all here or rapidly approaching.
However, with the rise of the Delta variant of COVID-19, the CDC issues new guidance on Tuesday highly recommending that potential travelers who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID should just stay home.
The CDC’s guidance is not new information, really as it has consistently recommended that travelers without the vaccine avoid travel:
“The CDC recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated, because travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19”CDC
The CDC Director, Dr. Rochelle Walenksy offered the additional reminder during a briefing at the White House on Tuesday where she noted, “First and foremost if you are unvaccinated, we would recommend not traveling.”
Despite the rise of the much more transmissible Delta variant, COVID-19 vaccines remain “startling effective” against serious illness – at least according to a recent report by CNBC.
Their reporting notes:
There have been some concerns about the efficacy of Covid-19 vaccines after a number of recent studies indicated a growing number of so-called “breakthrough” Covid cases among the fully vaccinated. The studies have, however, shown that the fully vaccinated are still highly protected against severe infection, hospitalization and death caused by the virus.CNBC
Bottom line: Unvaccinated travelers should avoid traveling this Labor Day – at least according to the CDC’s guidance.
You can watch the full briefing view here: