1 hr agoCDC raises Covid-19 risk assessment for UK to highest levelFrom CNN’s Naomi Thomas
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has raised the Risk Assessment Level for Covid-19 to “Level 4: Covid-19 Very High.”
CDC suggests that people avoid travel to destinations that are classified as Level 4, and that if people must travel there, they make sure they are fully vaccinated before they go.
The US Department of State still classifies travel to the United Kingdom at Level 3, saying that travel there should be reconsidered due to Covid-19.
This comes as almost all Covid-19 restrictions are lifted in England, including mandatory mask wearing.
1 hr 2 min agoUK will require double vaccination for nightclubs and large venues by end of SeptemberFrom CNN’s Lindsay Isaac
People wait in line to get into a nightclub in London, England, on July 19. Rob Pinney/Getty ImagesBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson said proof of double vaccination against Covid-19 will be required in England for entrance into nightclubs and venues with large crowds by the end of September.
Speaking on Monday, so-called “Freedom Day” — when all remaining restrictions in the country were dropped — Johnson said the rules will come into effect after all people over the age of 18 will have had the opportunity to be fully vaccinated, with both doses.
“As we said last week, we do reserve the right to mandate certification, at any point, if it’s necessary to reduce transmission … By the end of September, when all over 18 year olds will have had their chance to be double jabbed, we’re planning to make full vaccination the condition of entry to nightclubs and other venues where large crowds gather. Proof of a negative test will no longer be enough,” Johnson said during a news conference he lead from his country residence where he is isolating.
“I would remind everybody that some of life’s most important pleasures and opportunities are likely to be increasingly dependent on vaccination. There are already countries that require already, to be double jabbed as a condition of quarantine-free travel, and I’m afraid that list seems likely to grow,” he continued.
“And we’re also concerned, as they are in other countries, by the continuing risk posed by nightclubs. I don’t want to have to close nightclubs, again, as they have elsewhere. But it does mean nightclubs need to do the socially responsible and make use of the NHS COVID pass which shows proof of vaccination, a recent negative test or natural immunity as a means of entry,” he added.1 hr 5 min agoExpect hospitalizations and deaths among unvaccinated people, Fauci saysFrom CNN’s Sarah Braner
Expect serious illness, hospitalization and death among people who are not vaccinated against Covid-19, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci said Monday.
“This is a virus that has now shown us that it has a very strong capability of more efficiently spreading from person to person than the previous prototype viruses that we’ve experienced,” Fauci told CNN’s Kate Bolduan.
“And for the unvaccinated, that means not only getting infected. That means some proportion of the people who are infected will get seriously ill, requiring hospitalizations – and in some cases, unfortunately – death,” Facui added.Fauci stressed that vaccinated people are still protected “very well – to the tune of 90% or more – against hospitalizations, severe disease and deaths,” and that this has “held strong, regardless of where the study is – in the United States or in several foreign countries.”
“So although you’re dealing with a virus that because of this extreme capability of spreading from person to person, is causing more infections including breakthrough infections of vaccinated people, for those who are vaccinated, it’s still doing very well against severe disease,” he said.
“Unfortunately, we can’t say the same for unvaccinated people. … We can expect among the unvaccinated hospitalizations, and eventually in some situations, deaths,” he added.
1 hr 9 min agoPersonal decisions about air travel are a relative risk evaluation, Fauci saysFrom CNN’s Naomi Thomas
People travel through LaGuardia Airport in New York on July 2. Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesDr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN’s Kate Bolduan on Monday that people who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 have diminished risk when traveling – and that decisions about traveling are relative risk evaluations.
Fauci said that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has made it very clear that the risk of infection when traveling – and in travel hubs like airports – is increased compared to not traveling, but also that vaccinated people can feel that their risk is “dramatically diminished because they are vaccinated.”
“Certainly, if you’re an unvaccinated person, given what’s going on right now, I would say that you’d have to be careful, depending upon where you are and to where you want to go, that you should be careful because an unvaccinated person is clearly at risk of getting infected, and perhaps, depending on their status, getting a severe outcome,” Fauci said. “That risk is dramatically diminished if you are vaccinated.”“It’s going to be a relative risk evaluation on the part of people,” he said. “Depending upon what the purpose of the travel is, people will have to make up their mind about the risk benefit ratio, knowing that in fact, if you are vaccinated, your level of protection is high.”
Asked by CNN whether he thinks it will be safe to fly without a mask if the TSA’s mask requirement for air travel ends when it is set to on Sept. 13, Fauci said “I think that we’re going to have to wait to see what the situation is in September.”
“We have a month and
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