CDC drops 14-day recommendation for travelers

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Travelers returning from a trip outside the country or their state no longer face recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to self-quarantine for 14 days upon return. 

The CDC updated its travel requirements online Friday advising travelers to “follow state, territorial, tribal and local recommendations or requirements after travel.” Previous guidelines recommended a 14-day quarantine for those returning from international destinations or areas with a high concentration of coronavirus cases

While it still notes that those exposed to the coronavirus pose a risk of infecting others for 14 days, the CDC’s page on traveling amid the pandemic now only recommends that travelers, “regardless of where you traveled or what you did during your trip,” follow social distancing guidelines indoors and outdoors, wear a mask outside the home, wash hands often and look out for COVID-19 symptoms upon their return home. 

“You may have been exposed to COVID-19 on your travels,” the page reads. “You may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can be contagious without symptoms and spread the virus to others. You and your travel companions (including children) pose a risk to your family, friends, and community for 14 days after you were exposed to the virus.”

USA TODAY has reached out to the CDC for comment. 

Be prepared to isolate: These states require travelers to self-quarantine or present negative COVID-19 test

Individual states still have a mix of quarantine requirements and recommendations for visitors and residents returning from travels overseas and from other states. 

Some are still discouraging interstate travel by requiring or recommending that visitors and residents returning from other states quarantine, others are requiring a recent negative COVID-19 test in lieu of a blanket quarantine policy.

Some counties or municipalities have issued similar advice to travelers, so anyone looking to go on a road trip or take a summer vacation should check government websites for their destination and anywhere they plan to stop overnight. 

Contributing: Julia Thompson, Jayme Deerwester and David Oliver

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