US Government Issues List Of Do Not Travel Countries—As Confirmations Of Coronavirus Continue To Grow

US Government Issues List Of Do Not Travel Countries—As Confirmations Of Coronavirus Continue To Grow1171
source: US Department of State

Travel notices have been issued by both the CDC and the US State Department, including several countries affected by the coronavirus that originated in Wuhan.  The warnings are intended to be a means of informing Americans that may be or planning to be, traveling abroad about potential problems that may impact their current health.

The two government agencies have both issued several warnings for those countries that have proved to have been affected.  As of reports Monday, more than 80,000 have been confirmed infected, and 2600 have lost their lives in as many as 35 countries worldwide.  However, of all those who have reported confirmed cases, China still proves to be the hardest hit.

The US government has reminded its citizens that, before considering traveling abroad, that all travel warnings be checked.  When it comes to the safety of Americans when they travel, the US State Department uses four levels for their guidance.  Those levels range from level one encouraging the exercise of reasonable precautions, all the way up to level four, and that of not traveling—period.

The CDC has its own set of guidelines and warnings, which range from level one, which encourages the practice of the usual precautions, up to level three, which emphasizes the avoidance of travel unless essential.  These precautions are in addition to the general guidelines issued by the US government, specifically for those countries that have seen a coronavirus impact.

When traveling in areas know to be impacted by the coronavirus and its transmission, Americans are recommended by the CDC to:

  • Avoid those known to be sick
  • Wash your hands before touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Frequent hand washing is highly essential

As for those countries and/or territories that the CDC has termed needing increased guidance are:

  • China
  • South Korea
  • Japan
  • Italy
  • Hong Kong
  • Iran

It is cautioned that if anyone who has recently visited or is returning from one of those countries listed above, and find that they feel feverous, are coughing, or are experiencing shortness of breath, they are encouraged to seek medical assistance as soon as possible.  As such, they are prompted to make a call ahead of their doctor visit, avoid all contact, and put into place increased sanitation exercises.

Do you think the issued guidelines are too little too late as the spread seems to have already begun?