The United States has been issuing travel bans to people from several countries around the world, with a special focus on those originating from Omicron. The effects of these restrictions have been devastating for travelers and their loved ones. What can we do as individuals?
South Africa has been a popular destination for many travelers. However, the country is currently experiencing an issue with Omicron. The country’s capital, Pretoria, has been placed on lockdown because of the virus.
Instead of travel bans, what should we do to combat Omicron?
on November 28, 2021 by Gary Leff
News and tidbits from the internet:
- After a debt default, Uganda loses a crucial airport to Chinese lenders, according to a report. The only international airport in Uganda is at Entebbe.
- Dogs who have been vaccinated against rabies in the United States will be allowed to return to the nation (HT: @crucker).
- Customs announced the seizure of $23,000 in cash from a couple who miscalculated the amount of cash they were carrying (they would have been permitted $20,000 if they hadn’t reported). A second seizure of 3,738 glass bongs from China on their way to Los Angeles was also included in the release. Priorities.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
- Virgin Atlantic is matching status, even top tier, but it doesn’t gain you much and you have to purchase a paid ticket to take use of it.
- Former FDA director: ‘Ready, shoot, aim’ travel prohibitions in Southern Africa are unhelpful
We don’t know enough to impose economically and socially disastrous policies on South Africa and other countries. It is not a wise public health strategy to say, “Ready, fire, aim.” Incoming traveler vaccination and testing measures might be appropriate. Absolute travel prohibitions might do more harm than good.
— Dr. Scott Gottlieb November 26, 2021 (@ScottGottliebMD)
There are, in fact, superior methods.
Countries might strengthen screening or implement quarantine rules, according to Kristian Andersen. “But, rather than shutting down airspace, you send more aircraft with vaccinations to get as many people immunized as quickly as possible.”
November 27, 2021 — Kai Kupferschmidt (@kakape)
This variety is already spreading, there are grounds to be concerned, and it’s been discovered in nations where you’d expect them to be aware of the spread of a new type (i.e. they actually sequence for it). We don’t know how much more infectious it is, whether it will become dominant, whether it will cause more or less serious disease (don’t put too much stock in claims from South Africa that it will cause less serious disease based on limited data sets about young patients), or how much vaccines still targeting the original Wuhan strain will be reduced in effectiveness.
Boosters are currently the most effective tool; we need to get Paxlovid approved and provide clinical guidance on fluvoxamine, conduct more genomic surveillance, and remove regulatory barriers to variant-specific versions of vaccines already in use, assuming lower efficacy than the original formulation. To evaluate current infectiousness, low-cost diagnostics should be widely available.
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