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E.U. recommends the continent reinstate travel ban on Americans

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By Jenny Goldsberry

The European Union announced Monday that it is recommending its member states reinstate travel restrictions for American tourists. According to a report from the Washington Post, the restrictions could exempt vaccinated persons from the ban.

A European travel ban was last issued on Americans before June 2020. On June 30th, the Union lifted restrictions.

“The Council recommendation is not a legally binding instrument,” the announcement read. “The authorities of the member states remain responsible for implementing the content of the recommendation. They may, in full transparency, lift only progressively travel restrictions towards countries listed.”

However, according to sources at the Washington Post, it’s possible that vaccinated people could get a pass. A E.U. diplomat spoke to the paper on condition of anonymity. This person told a reporter restrictions “can vary from state to state, but it is widely expected that fully vaccinated Americans would still maintain unfettered access.”

Countries move on the EU’s travel restriction list when they report 75 new coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents over the past 14 days. On August 10th the U.S. had nearly 400 new cases per 100,000 people.

As a result, Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro, and the Republic of North Macedonia were also added to the list. Meanwhile, the Union recommended travel restrictions be eased across 18 other countries as their cases decreased. Even China made the list and has no similar recommendation to that of the United States.

Read the full article here.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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California Tells COVID-Positive Medical Staff to ‘Return to Work Immediately, Without Isolation or Testing’

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The Los Angeles Times came out with a piece Wednesday titled, “With hospitals reeling, California tells COVID-positive medical workers to stay on the job.” With more and more patients arriving to the emergency room every day, forced to wait entire days to be seen, there is no one to answer the phones and no one to take out the trash.

Due to the Omicron-fueled surge, healthcare workers are calling out sick in droves, and has “left the medical infrastructure on edge.” As a result, California, and other state’s officials are examining a “Sweeping policy change that allows asymptomatic healthcare workers who have tested positive for the coronavirus to return to work immediately, without isolation or testing.”

Currently, the policy will remain in place through February 1st to avoid staffing shortages. The California Department of Public Health said because hospitals are reaching capacity, providing essential care is extremely compromised.

“Given those conditions, the department is providing temporary flexibility to help hospitals and emergency services providers respond to an unprecedented surge and staffing shortages” said the agency.

On Tuesday, nurses and representatives with the SEIU 721 union spoke out against the measure outside the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting in downtown to L.A. The California Nurses Association also said it planning a “day of action” for Thursday to condemn the state’s decision.

“It is absolutely infuriating that Democrats turned our nation upside down, harmed our children and may have even allowed the Democrats to steal an election creating these mandates, only to be forced to throw it all out the window on a whim because they did not work” says Sara Carter

“When President Trump was questioning these things, when I would question these things, when any sane person would question these things, the Democrats tried to make everyone look like they wanted to kill their grandmother and that we were conspiracy theorists” adds Carter.

“Is the situation ideal? No,” said Dr. Robert-Kim Farley, an epidemiologist and infectious-diseases expert at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. “Is it the lesser of the two evils of having no one to care for patients, versus having staff caring for them that may have COVID? Yes, it’s the lesser of two evils.”

The L.A. Times adds, “Kim-Farley said the policy is a recognition of the significant strain hospitals are experiencing amid an increased number of patients and decreased number of staff. The chances of transmission from an asymptomatic worker are minimal, he said, particularly since he or she would be practicing precautions, including wearing high-grade medical masks.”

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