NEWS: WHO Advises Select Individuals to Avoid Travel Due to New COVID-19 Strain

Recent news surrounding COVID-19 has been focused on a new strain of the virus that has emerged in the past few weeks.

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The strain, known as B.1.1.529 or the “Omicron” variant, has caused the U.S. to put in place international traveling restrictions for 8 different countries. And, now health officials have announced new travel advisories for select groups of people who are at higher risk of contracting the virus.

According to an advisory from the World Health Organization (WHO), those who are 60 years or older “should be advised to postpone travel” in light of the Omicron variant that was identified recently in South Africa and Botswana.

Holiday crowds at the Orlando International Airport

The WHO is also urging those who are unwell, at risk of developing severe COVID-19, or who have heart disease, cancer, and diabetes to reconsider travel as well.

Orlando International Airport

While much is not known about the new “Omicron” variant, the WHO does state that preliminary evidence is concerning and that it may pose an “increased risk of reinfection” as compared to other COVID-19 variants that have been found.

Health and safety signage at the airport.

Of course, we’ll continue to keep an eye on the latest domestic and international travel guidelines as they develop and evolve, so be sure to stay tuned to AllEars for up-to-date information ahead of your next Disney World vacation!

Check out the latest travel restrictions issued by the U.S. HERE!

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  1. I think another pertinent fact to mention is that those early reports are also pointing to very mild symptoms in a vast majority of the infected.