US Announces Travel Ban For Europe

European travel ban begins March 13, 2020

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The US government announced a travel ban on Twitter for most European countries for the next 30 days. This travel ban is related to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus outbreak in various European countries.

Announced on March 11, 2020, this new travel ban does not include the United Kingdom, nor US citizens.

Previously, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expanded travel advisories for various countries.

The CDC has been closely monitoring the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2, since early January 2020, which is causing the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in humans.

The CDC said on February 29, 2020, that it ‘has established geographic risk-stratification criteria for the purpose of issuing travel health notices for countries with COVID-19 disease transmission.’

A number of factors inform the geographic risk stratification including size, geographic distribution, and epidemiology of the outbreak.

Furthermore, the CDC hopes this information will guide public health management decisions for people with potential travel-related exposures to COVID-19.

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As of late on March 11th, the worldwide outbreak has reported over 125,000 coronavirus cases and 4,607 related fatalities.

According to the CDC, people can catch the COVID-19 disease from others who have the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales.

About 80 percent of infected people recover from the disease without needing special treatment.

U.S. citizens are urged to review the Department of State’s travel advisory and country information page on Travel.state.gov and the Travelers’ Health page on CDC.gov for all countries and regions where you plan to travel.

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