(CNN) – For the third week in a row, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not add a new location to the high-risk Level 4 category of travel.
In fact, seven locations in Asia and the Caribbean have been relegated to the CDC’s low risk category. Travel During Outbreaks, Level 1. Moving Monday In That Enviable Rankings Island Travels Philippines And Saint Kitts and Nevis.
But much of Europe – including its most popular travel centers – remained stagnant in Level 4.
Take the United Kingdom for example. It has been in Level 4 since July 19, 2021. Thus England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are all included in the “highest” risk category for Covid-19.
The CDC specifies a target level 4 risk when there are more than 500 cases per 100,000 residents Would have been Recorded in last 28 days.
CDC: Avoid Level 4 seats
The Hapenny Bridge is the signature city of Dublin, Ireland. Like almost all Europe, Ireland is ranked 4th in the CDC.
This is not just the UK. Many big names in Europe are in Level 4 when the winter lift and spring travel season begins. On April 11, the list included the following:
However, it is not only Europe that has the highest number of visits to places currently ranked 4th.
In Asia, Hong Kong, South Korea and Thailand are in Level 4. In South America, Brazil and Chile are even more at risk. The same goes for Costa Rica’s lush Central American tour. Other favorites waiting for the best quality from CDC: Aruba, Australia and Bermuda.
However, the general trend of risk levels in recent weeks has been downward for most of the world, especially in Africa where its risk estimates have fallen.
In late February, the number of points in level 4 rose to more than 140, which explains the wide range and rapid spread of Omigron. But on April 11, that number shrank to about 90 seats. This is less than half of the approximately 235 locations of CDC monitors.
The CDC advises avoiding travel to Level 4 countries. CDC limits for travel health notices are primarily based on the number of Govt-19 cases per target.
Some changes in level 3
View of the old city in the Red Sea seaside resort Sharm el-Sheikh. Egypt was placed in Level 3 by the CDC on Monday.
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Level 3 “high” risk type – applicable to locations with 100 to 500 cases per 100,000 residents in the last 28 days – saw two additions on Monday. They are:
Both were previously in Level 4.
For those who want to travel to Europe, but want to avoid more dangerous places, here are just a few choices: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo, all of which are located in the Balkan Peninsula or Armenia, in the mountainous Caucasus region.
Places where 50 to 99 Govit-19 patients carry the status of “Level 2: Govit-19 Moderate” to 100,000 residents in the last 28 days.
The only new entry for Level 2 is on April 11th Guyana, A small country in the northern part of South America, which is rarely seen in the way of international visitors. Guyana was in level 3.
The island with Pinocchio is only one representative of the many stunning sea areas in the Philippines. Travelers looking for a destination with a “low” risk rating from the CDC keep it here, even if the rankings change from week to week.
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As a hopeful sign for travelers, Level 1 saw more movement.
To be in “Level 1: Govt-19 Decline”, there must have been less than 50 new cases per 100,000 residents in the last 28 days. Seven locations were moved to Level 1 on Monday:
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
The biggest moves were from Haiti, Myanmar and Saudi Arabia, which were in level 4. St. Vincent and the Grenadines were in Level 3, and the rest moved down from Level 2.
Most of the Level 1 locations are in Africa, including Ghana, Kenya, Morocco and Senegal.
I do not know
Finally, there are areas where the CDC is at risk of “unknown” lack of information. Usually, but not always, these are small, remote places or places of ongoing war or unrest. The CDC made three additions to the section on Monday:
Burkina Faso was in Level 1 and the other two were in Level 4.
Azores, Cambodia, Macau and Tanzania are currently listed in the Unknown category. The CDC advises against traveling to these places precisely because the risks are unknown.
A medical professional weighs the risk levels
According to CNN medical researcher Dr. Lena Wen, transmission rates are “a guide” to personal risk calculations for travelers.
“We are entering a phase of epidemic where people have to make their own decisions based on their medical circumstances and their risk tolerance when it comes to Covit-19,” Wen said in mid-February.
“You have to explain Level 4 that this is where the Govt-19 community spreads the most. So if you go, you’re more likely to be infected with the corona virus,” said Wen, an emergency physician and physician. George is a professor of medical policy and management at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University.
Some will decide that their risk is too high, Wen said. “Others will say, ‘Because I’ve been vaccinated and encouraged, I’m willing to take that risk.’
“So it really has to be a personal decision. Now people understand that the CDC classifies different levels based on social transfer rates, basically only that,” Wen said. “They do not take into account personal circumstances.”
Additional considerations for travel
According to Wen, there are other factors that weigh in addition to exchange rates.
“Exchange rates are a guide,” Wen said. “Another is what precautions you need to take and follow at the destination, and the third is what you plan to do once you get there.
“Do you plan to go to a lot of attractive places and go to indoor bars? It’s very different than you go somewhere. You plan to lie on the beach all day and not get acquainted with anyone else. It’s very different. They are very different risk levels.”
Vaccination is the most important safety factor for travel, as unvaccinated travelers are more likely to get sick and spread Covit-19 to others, Wen said.
People should wear high-quality masks like N95, KN95 or KF94 – when in crowded indoor settings with people with unknown vaccine status, he said.
It is also important to consider what you will do if you finish a positive test from home. Where will you stay and how easy will it be to get the test to return home?
Top picture: The beach at Carvoiro on the Algarve beach in Portugal. (Ines / Adobe Stock)