CDC adds 3 places to ‘high’ risk list for Covid-19

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(CNN) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday added three destinations to its “high-risk” travel category, including a country in Eastern Europe known for its mountains, dense forests and folkloric culture.

Romania is the top tourist destination with a Tier 3 rating, “Covid-19 High” in a week that saw few overall changes in risk assessment.

The other two are Moldova, the smaller wine-making neighbor of Romania and the sparsely populated St. Pierre and Miquelon, French archipelago off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada.

There were approximately 125 Level 3 destinations on August 1st. Level 3 sites represent more than half of the approximately 235 places monitored by the CDC.

Tier 3 became the first in terms of the risk level in April after the CDC overhauled its classification system to assess Covid-19 risks for travelers.

This designation applies to places with more than 100 cases per 100,000 residents in the past 28 days. Level 2 and Level 1 are considered “medium” and “low” risk, respectively.

To summarize, this Three destinations received “high risk” designs on Monday:

• Moldova
• Romania
• Street. Pierre and Miquelon

Level 4, previously the highest risk category, is now reserved only for special circumstances, such as an extremely high case number, the emergence of a new worrying variable or the collapse of healthcare infrastructure. Under the new system, no destination has been placed at level 4 yet.

More about level 3

Much of Europe has been stubbornly housed at Level 3 for several months as the summer travel season enters a busy tradition in August. The following popular European destinations were among those that remained in Tier 3 as of August 1st:

• France
• Germany
• Greece
• Ireland
• Italia
• Holland
• Norway
• Portugal
• Spain
• United kingdom

Panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro with Sugarloaf and Guanabara Bay in summer from Mirante Dona Marta.  Brazil remains at level 3 at risk of Covid-19.

Panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro with Sugarloaf and Guanabara Bay in summer from Mirante Dona Marta. Brazil remains at level 3 at risk of Covid-19.

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These are not the only notable locations that find themselves in level 3. Many other destinations around the world are among those in the “high” risk category, including the following:

• Brazil
• Canada
• Costa Rica
• Malaysia
• Mexico
• South Korea
• Thailand
• turkey

The CDC advises that you be up to date on your Covid-19 vaccinations before traveling to a Tier 3 destination. Being “up-to-date” means that you not only have your full initial vaccinations but any boosters you are eligible for.

Level 2

Mount Agung volcano seen at sunset in Bali.  Indonesia moved to Level 2 this week.

Mount Agung volcano seen at sunset in Bali. Indonesia moved to Level 2 this week.

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Destinations rated “Level 2: Moderate Covid-19” have reported 50 to 100 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 residents in the past 28 days. The CDC identified only two new Tier 2 venues on Monday:

• Indonesia
• Nepali

The move was in the wrong direction for both Asian countries, which were at level 1. There are less than 20 notches in the “moderate” risk category this week.

In its broader travel guidelines, the CDC recommends keeping up to date with your vaccinations before traveling internationally.

Level 1

To be listed as ‘Level 1: Covid-19 Low’, a destination must have had 49 or fewer new cases per 100,000 residents in the past 28 days. No new places were added to the category on August 1st.

There are nearly 30 places in the “low” risk category this week. Among the most popular places in the “low” risk category this week are Egypt and Tanzania.


Finally, there are destinations that the CDC has deemed to have “unknown” risks due to a lack of information. Usually, but not always, these are small, remote places or places with constant wars or turmoil.

Tourism in Southeast Asia favorite Vietnamese It was the only destination added this week. He was previously at level 3.

The CDC advises against traveling to these places specifically because the risks are unknown. Other destinations in this category that usually attract more tourist interest include the Azores, Hungary, and the Maldives.

There are nearly 65 places listed as “unknown” this week, just over a quarter of the places monitored.

Medical expert weighs in risk levels

Commuting rates are just “one guide” to travelers’ personal risk calculations, according to CNN medical analyst Dr. Lina Wen.

We have moved to “a stage in the pandemic where people need to make their own decisions based on their medical conditions as well as their own risk tolerance when it comes to contracting Covid-19,” said Wayne, an emergency physician and university professor. Health Policy and Management at The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health.

Wen said there are other factors that should be weighed in addition to transmission rates.

“Another is what precautions are required and which are followed where you are going, and the third is what you plan to do once you get there,” she said.

“Do you plan to visit a lot of attractions and go to indoor bars? This is very different from going somewhere where you plan to lie on the beach all day and not interact with anyone else. This is completely different. These are very different levels of risk.”

Wen said vaccination is the most important safety factor for travel, as unvaccinated travelers are more likely to get sick and pass Covid-19 to others.

It’s also important to think about what you’ll do if you end up testing positive away from home.

While travelers heading to the United States no longer have to submit a negative Covid-19 test to return home from international destinations, the CDC still advises getting the test before flights boarding into the US and not traveling if you are sick.
“Of course, if people develop symptoms or are exposed while traveling, they should get tested, and if they test positive, to follow the CDC’s isolation guidelines,” Wen told CNN Travel recently.
If you are concerned about a travel health condition not related to Covid-19, check here.

Top photo: the historic center of Oradea in Transylvania, Romania. (Alexander Spatari/Moment RF/Getty Images)

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