Because the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the USA Authorities (USG) is innovating and taking a brand new method to assist maintain worldwide air passengers wholesome. The brand new, more practical technique focuses on the continuum of journey and the person passenger, together with pre-departure and post-arrival training, efforts to develop a possible testing framework with worldwide companions, and sickness response. This technique is according to the present section of the pandemic and extra successfully protects the well being of the American public.
Starting September 14, 2020, the USG will take away necessities for steering all flights carrying airline passengers arriving from, or just lately had a presence in, sure nations to land at one in all 15 designated airports and halt enhanced entry well being screening for these passengers. At present, enhanced entry well being screening is carried out for these arriving from, or with latest presence in, China (excluding the Particular Administrative Areas of Hong Kong and Macau), Iran, the Schengen area of Europe, the UK (excluding abroad territories outdoors of Europe), Eire, and Brazil.
We now have a greater understanding of COVID-19 transmission that signifies symptom-based screening has restricted effectiveness as a result of individuals with COVID-19 could haven’t any signs or fever on the time of screening, or solely delicate signs. Transmission of the virus could happen from passengers who haven’t any signs or who haven’t but developed signs of an infection. Due to this fact, CDC is shifting its technique and prioritizing different public well being measures to scale back the chance of travel-related illness transmission.
USG assets will as an alternative be devoted to more practical mitigation efforts that target the person passenger, together with: pre-departure, in-flight, and post-arrival well being training for passengers; sturdy sickness response at airports; voluntary assortment of contact info from passengers utilizing digital means as proposed by some airways to keep away from lengthy traces, crowding and delays related to handbook knowledge assortment; potential testing to scale back the chance of travel-related transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19 and motion of the virus from one location to a different; country-specific threat assessments to help passengers in making knowledgeable selections about travel-related threat; enhancing coaching and training of companions within the transportation sector and at United States ports of entry to make sure recognition of sickness and instant notification to CDC; and post-arrival passenger suggestions for self-monitoring and precautions to guard others, with enhanced precautions, together with staying house to the extent doable for 14 days for individuals arriving from high-risk locations.
By refocusing our mitigation efforts on particular person passenger threat all through the air journey journey, the USG can most successfully defend the well being of the American public.