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What the CDC's New Quarantine Guidelines Mean for You

Slate

Throughout this pandemic, as we've learned more and more about the virus, the guidelines for how we are supposed to live with it have evolved too. This has led to public health advice that changes frequently and is often hard to incorporate into our lives and plans--take, for example, the guidance to not travel for Thanksgiving delivered mere days before Thanksgiving. Now, as we head into another holiday season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has an update to their quarantine guidance. You might have some questions. We'll do the best we can with answers. What is the CDC's quarantine guidance?


Australia debuts 'Orwellian' new app using facial recognition, geolocation to enforce quarantine

FOX News

The government of South Australia has implemented a new policy requiring Australians to use an app with facial recognition software and geolocation to prove that they are abiding by a 14-day quarantine for travel within the country. While a conservative policy expert described the policy as "Orwellian," he told Fox News that it represents an improvement over the current COVID-19 policy. Australia has banned international travel unless residents have a permit to leave the country. The country has also severely restricted travel between the six states of Australia. Residents must spend 14 days in quarantine upon return.


These US senators are in self-quarantine over coronavirus threat

FOX News

Republican Kentucky senator Rand Paul tests positive for COVID-19 and will remain in quarantine, according to his official Twitter account. Several GOP senators have been forced into self-quarantine after either contracting the novel coronavirus, or interacting with individuals who have tested positive. Sen. Rand Paul tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday and is under self-quarantine at his home in Kentucky. "Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19. He is feeling fine and is in quarantine," Paul's staff tweeted Sunday afternoon.


Japan to tighten border controls on 6 African nations from Saturday

The Japan Times

Japan will strengthen its border controls for all arrivals -- Japanese and foreign national -- from South Africa and five other African nations starting Saturday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said Friday. People who have recently been to Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa or Zimbabwe will be required to spend 10 days in a government-designated facility upon their arrival -- the longest in the nation's quarantine category. Matsuno told a news conference late Friday that with the possibility that the new variant is more infectious and may pose a threat to the efficacy of the vaccines, Japan is taking its "highest level of precautions." "We will act quickly if the situation worsens," said Matsuno. "The key to crisis management is to prepare for the worst."


England's quarantine hotels won't stop spread of coronavirus variants

New Scientist

A member of staff cleans surfaces at the St Giles Hotel, near London's Heathrow Airport, one of England's designated covid-19 quarantine hotels. From Monday 15 February, travellers arriving in England from a "red list" of 33 countries will be required to quarantine in a hotel for 10 days. But the ruling has been criticised as too little, too late, with not enough consistency to be effective. Travellers will be required to quarantine at their own expense, taking a covid-19 test on day two and day eight of their stay. The quarantine will be extended if a person tests positive.