Greenland is not that green this time of year. And it’s certainly not green on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Covid-19 travel recommendations map. In fact, Greenland is now in the red, the dark red over there. This is because the CDC has just leveled Greenland, Italy and Mauritius when it comes to the risk of Covid-19. On Monday, these three destinations all went from level 3, which is marked in red on the map, to level 4, which is marked in dark red.
You may want to defer your plans to hand deliver this package to Santa’s mailbox in Nuuk, Greenland, take the middle finger from Galileo to Florence, Italy, or ride Santa’s underwater scooter. in Mauritius. Level 4 means that the risk of Covid-19 in these destinations is currently “very high” and that you should avoid all non-essential travel to these places, whether or not you have been fully vaccinated.
Now you may be wondering if delivering pickles in person to Santa Claus is considered a non-essential trip. Either way, the Covid-19 situation in Greenland, Italy and Mauritius has worsened. For example, the number of new cases of Covid-19 reported per day has been steadily increasing in Italy since mid-October. It went from 2,729 on October 15 to 19,212 on December 12, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Italy has itself become a bit of a “green land”. In August, Italy implemented a ‘green pass’ system to track who has been vaccinated against or recovered from Covid-19. In October, Italy made these “green passes” compulsory for workplaces. And December 6 brought the so-called “green super pass,” a green pass requirement for those who wish to enter theaters, gymnasiums, clubs, stadiums, indoor bars and restaurants and the like. .
With nearly 75% of its population fully vaccinated, Italy has higher vaccination coverage than the United States, which so far has fully vaccinated 60.9% of its population. But beating the United States in immunization coverage is like leading the Hulk in a pogo stick race. Neither 75% nor 60.9% are at the collective immunity thresholds necessary to truly interrupt transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).
Recognizing that the vaccination does not offer 100% protection like a concrete condom for the whole body, Italian authorities have also added other Covid-19 precautions. Many cities in Italy, such as Milan, Bologna, Padua and Bergamo, now have face mask requirements for the public both indoors and outdoors. Social distancing measures have also been put in place in many places, including on public transport.
Social distancing may be a little easier in Greenland, which has only around 56,000 inhabitants and is not for sale by the way. Since the start of the pandemic, Greenland has recorded 1,831 confirmed cases of Covid-19 without death, according to data from the World Health Organization (WHO). Nonetheless, over the past month, Greenland has seen record high levels of the number of Covid-19 cases, which has caused it to drop from level 3 to level 4.
As I have already covered for Forbes, the CDC has four risk levels for Covid-19. These CDC levels are like golf scores and the number of times your cat hits you in the groin. The higher the number, the worse it is.
Level 4 is the worst, followed by level 3, which corresponds to a “high” risk of Covid-19. For travel to Level 3 destinations, the CDC recommends that you get the full vaccine first. If you are not yet vaccinated, you should really avoid all non-essential travel to Level 3 destinations. A destination drops from 3 to 4 when the number of reported Covid-19 cases per 100,000 population in the last 28 days exceeds the threshold of 500. A destination changes from level 2 (moderate risk) to level 3 when this number exceeds 100 and from level 1 (low risk) to level 2 when it exceeds 50. Destinations at level 2 appear in orange and those at level 1 appear in yellow On the map.
Not all of the CDC’s Covid-19 Travel Recommendations news on Monday was bad news. Malaysia has moved from level 4 to level 3 for the first time since June 2021. And three destinations, Jamaica, the Philippines and the Republic of Congo, are the new orange, moving from level 3 to level 2.
Of course, CDC Covid-19 travel recommendation lists can be like the casts of reality TV shows. The single person and The bachelorette, changing weekly. Colder and drier weather in the northern hemisphere and the spread of the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 could soon take more destinations to a whole new level. Now might not be the best time to travel overseas, unless you have your own airship and island. There are other things you can do to have fun this holiday season. And you can still send a package to Santa Claus.