(CNN) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added five new destinations in the “high” risk category for travelers on Monday.
The Central American country of Belize, the Bahamas archipelago in the North Atlantic, the mountainous British overseas island nation of Montserrat, the Caribbean island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines all in the South Africa »Danger for Covid-19.
Four of the destinations were previously referred to as Level 2, “moderate” risk: Bahamas, Belize, Esvatini and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Montserrat has raised two levels of risk from Level 1 or the “low” risk.
The Level 3 “high” risk category is now the top step in terms of risk level. Level 2 is considered a “moderate” risk and Level 1 is a “low” risk.
Level 4, formerly the highest risk category, is now only for special occasions, such as extremely high cases, the emergence of a new variant of concern, or the collapse of a healthcare infrastructure. Under the new system, no Level 4 destinations have been set so far.
In all, the CDC raised five destinations in the “high” risk column on Monday:
• Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Overall, the past four weeks of counseling have shown little dramatic change in the situation they characterized last winter and early spring during the initial growth of the Omicron variant.
The “Level 3: High Covid-19” category now applies to countries that have had more than 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 28 days.
Much of Europe has stubbornly stayed there as the summer travel season draws ever closer. From 23 May, the following popular European destinations were among those that remained at Level 3:
• United Kingdom
It’s not just European favorites at Level 3. Many high-risk travel destinations around the world are in the high-risk category, including the following:
• Costa Rica
• South Korea
There were approximately 115 destinations on Level 3 on May 23rd. Level 3 sites now account for almost half of the approximately 235 sites monitored by the CDC.
Kuwaiti buildings are illuminated in the colors of the national flag on February 20, 2021. Kuwait is now in “moderate” danger for Covid-19.
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Destinations designated “Level 2: Covid-19 Mederate” reported 50 to 100 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 28 days. Three positions were moved to this level on Monday:
This was good news for Kuwait, which was relegated from Level 3. Jamaica and Mongolia rose one level from Level 1 or “low” risk. Less than 20 places were recorded at Level 2 on Monday.
To be in “Level 1: Low Covid-19”, a destination must have had 49 or fewer new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 28 days. Just one destination added to the category on May 23: Egypt.
Egypt had been registered as “unknown”.
Level 1 had almost 55 entries as of Monday.
Finally, there are destinations that the CDC deems to be of “unknown” risk due to lack of information. Usually, but not always, these are small, remote places or places with constant war or unrest.
There was only one addition to this category on Monday: Mauritaniapreviously located at Level 1.
The CDC advises you not to travel to these places precisely because the hazards are unknown. Others in this category include French Polynesia and the Azores, Cambodia and Tanzania.
A medical expert weighs the risk levels
Transmission rates are just “a guide” for travelers’ personal risk calculations, according to CNN Medical Analyst Dr Leana Wen.
We have entered a “phase of the pandemic where people have to make their own decisions based on their medical conditions as well as their risk tolerance when they are going to be infected with Covid-19,” said Wen, who is an emergency physician. and Professor of Health Policy and Management at the George Washington Institute School of Public Health.
There are other factors that need to be weighed in addition to transmission rates, according to Wen.
“The precautions that are required and followed in the place you are going to are different and the third is what you intend to do once you are there.
“Do you plan to visit many attractions and go to indoor bars? This is very different from going somewhere where you plan to lie down all day on the beach and not interact with anyone else. This is very different. These are very different levels of risk.” .
Vaccination is the most important safety factor for travelers, as unvaccinated travelers are more likely to get sick and pass Covid-19 to others, Wen said.
And it is also important to think about what you would do if you ended up being positive outside the home. Where will you stay and how easy will it be to take a test to get home?
Top Image: Eleuthera, Bahamas (CNN)