A masked passenger sits on a flight from San Francisco, California to Newark, New Jersey on October 27, 2020.
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The governors of California, Oregon and Washington issued a joint coronavirus travel advisory on Friday urging those arriving in their states to self-quarantine for 14 days and urging residents to stop all non-essential travel outside of the State to avoid.
The Pacific Northwest said essential travel includes people traveling for "work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care and safety," according to a statement.
The Democratic governors also recommended that travelers limit their interactions only with people in their households.
"California has just passed a sobering threshold – one million COVID-19 cases – with no signs of the virus slowing down," California Governor Gavin Newsom said in a statement. "Rising cases are putting pressure on our hospital systems and threatening the lives of seniors, key workers and vulnerable Californians. Travel increases the risk of the spread of COVID-19, and we must all work together to keep the virus at bay and." Save lives. "
The travel advice is voluntary, according to the Newsom office, which posted a statement saying that best enforcement is "to encourage others to be respectable and responsible by taking action. To ask people to do the right thing." , is the most powerful enforcement tool we have. ""
Friday's travel warning comes as families across the country change their vacation plans and students plan their return home while Covid-19 cases occur in almost every corner of the United States.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters on a phone call late last week that the state would step up enforcement at its airports during the holiday season to ensure incoming travelers meet quarantine and testing requirements.
Cuomo said he plans to send more National Guards to enforce the state's travel advice, adding that he has spoken to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio about increasing the New York Police Department's presence.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warn that travel can increase the likelihood of someone spreading and contracting the coronavirus. The safest option is to stay at home, the CDC guidelines state.
When it comes to air travel, people should be aware that the risk isn't limited to sitting on the plane alone, Keri Althoff, associate professor in the Epidemiology Department at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said during one Media call Thursday.
Althoff warned that queuing, especially when travelers are less than three feet from other people, could increase their risk. People should also avoid touching their masks and faces as the airports are full of high touch areas, such as the airport. B. bathrooms.
"It's not just what's going on in the plane, it's the whole experience," Althoff said. "And so do whatever you can to reduce your exposure if you decide to travel or, given the rapid pace in cases currently in the country, staying home may be the best option."