Italy - Not Allowing Visitors from the USA (COVID)
Italy - Not Allowing Visitors from the USA
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About 3 hours ago, you may have seen a story by Reuters (now updated) that says that states that the Trump administration is ending the travel ban on Europe and Brazil (but yet, oddly, leaving it in place for China which appears to have largely eradicated the virus).

But a new administration rides in to town on Wednesday, and they have already stated that they will immediately reverse this decision by the Trump administration. Kill joy, right? No, I don’t think so…

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You could certainly make two cases here:

  1. The ban is silly because we have so much coronavirus here in the US that it makes little sense to bother with a ban, especially since our economy needs tourism dollars or,
  2. Because we have such insane community spread in the US, with many ICUs and ERs 100% full, we need to make sure those beds are reserved for those that live here – and not introduce even more potential infections to the US.

While you might be quick to point out that pre-flight testing should solve this, it doesn’t. In fact, the new COVID strains that are even more contagious may actually register as a negative result on the no-standard tests.

Want more proof? The first known infection with the UK Variant in Boston came with a woman who tested negative in the UK and flew to Boston. Once in Boston, she tested positive for the new variant, known as B117. The new variant is certainly cause for concern, with studies showing is is 70% more contagious than the original COVID strain. I currently know 3 people that just got out of the hospital for COVID (two nearly didn’t survive) and 3 more that are fighting it (two got antibody treatments in Vermont; one is battling in CT after acquiring COVID in the hospital while being treated for another condition).

It’s not over yet, and I cannot wait to get the vaccine.

Keep in mind that Europe, for the most part, still won’t let Americans travel there as much as they’d like the tourism Euros…. presumably because they also have all the cases they can handle and want to let their own citizens access hospital beds.

And Australia has said that it’s unlikely to allow any international travel until 2022. Let that sink in…  we just entered 2021.

We all want to get back to international travel ASAP. Heck, I have trips booked for April, May, June, and September already. But I’m fully aware that few or none of these may happen…

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