US halts COVID-19 symptom checks, screenings for high-risk countries

US halts COVID-19 symptom checks, screenings for high-risk countries

The feds on Monday ended COVID-19 screenings for international travelers coming into New York and other designated airports around the country.

The new CDC policy ends the eight-month-old rule requiring travelers from pandemic hotspots to enter the United State through one of 15 airports and undergo mandatory health checks.

The agency said it found checking for symptoms was ultimately ineffective — and a spokesman said only 15 of the nearly 700,00 people who went through the “enhanced” screenings were found to have COVID-19.

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“Because symptom-based entry health screening for COVID-19 has identified so few cases, CDC is prioritizing other public health measures to reduce the risk of travel-related transmission including education of passengers before, during, and after travel,” rep Jason McDonald said in an email.

Travelers will no longer be required to fill out forms with their contact information, he confirmed.

Instead, new protocols “focus on the individual passenger,” the CDC said. That includes “health education,” “voluntary collection of

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