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This seems to be in line with what UK was doing last spring. I know you spend a lot of time there so are aware of their approach.

I'll probably still mask on airplanes and in airports at least on the way TO something fun in Europe and do my regular prevention things before I travel and when I get there.

Thanks for the update, Frank.

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Based on the number of people who were overjoyed at not having to present a negative test to fly home, I would say the 5 day isolation was never really a widespread "thing". I mean if you wanted to use it as an excuse (Sorry boss, can't come into work for 5 days) or were conscientious, fine, but I think many ignored the advice if it did not fit schedule or desire.

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I agree with Stephen. We learned during Covid that this emperor is not wearing any clothes.

Posted by
256 posts

The CDC lost most credibility during Covid so this latest change in isolation time is years behind other educated countries. Likewise for the vaccine recommendations. Most other developed countries have pushed vaccines only for those with severe preexisting conditions.

Posted by
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Frank II, not sure anyone would blame the messenger? Apparently the science says, if your fever is gone for 24 hours and you feel good, you should go to work (or the airport for your next trip). The WHO, I believe, made the same change on the same day.

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It seems futile to point point out that the "scientific method", formerly taught in high schools and liberal arts colleges, specifies that "when your knowledge changes, your actions change in response." But the vain demand for decisions about a NEW disease to be absolutely right, the first time, in the absence of enough (gasp!) knowledge, led the CDC's decisions to change guidelines, between 2019 and 2022 (never mind March, 2024) to be condemned as incompetent, oppressive, or un-American.

If your child has a stomach ache in one area, should an appendectomy be performed immediately? No, you collect more information, and refine your decisions when more data are available.

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15724 posts

Let's keep all discussions related to travel as is required on this board.

Posted by
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Yes, even Speakers Corner in London is limited to Sundays….

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7576 posts

Returning to "travel", we are about to fly back from 2 weeks in Taiwan (23rd World Orchid Congress!) We were each given a complimentary Abbot blue box with 4 Covid home tests as we exited arrival luggage claim.

While I do not express, or feel any desire to ask others at home to be as conservative as I am at home (age 72), it is relaxing to be in a place where masks are routine, and not remotely political. For Asia, I rate Taiwan mask usage as "low", maybe 30%. Even in distant Kaohsiung.

Posted by
427 posts

Oh my the CDC was totally wrong. Covid was never a real risk to anyone was it

I buried two friends.

Some of you are the ones wearing no clothes.

Posted by
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I appreciate that Rick Steves has followed the science with Covid, taking a relatively conservative approach, but changing policy as data and information has changed. If you don’t buy into that, travel with another company.

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I’m so sorry Carol. I know how you feel. My good friend buried her husband because Covid destroyed his lungs. Their travels together have ended, way too soon.

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