Better days are coming for travel, as EU countries consider treating COVID-19 like the flu

Traveling may soon become easier and less difficult, despite the growing number of COVID-19 cases across Europe, and in particular cases of Omicron variants.

Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that in the past seven days alone, France has recorded almost two million new cases of COVID-19 (1,854,631), Italy 1,158 234, Spain 690,129 and Germany 342,973.

The new variant of COVID-19, which was detected at the end of November last year, is more transmissible than the others. For this reason, the WHO has warned that half of Europe will be infected with the Omicron virus variant within the next two months.

Still, the variant that seemed pretty scary at first turned out to be a milder version of the virus, with those who caught it experiencing less severe symptoms and ending up in hospital less often than those with other versions of COVID- 19.

As a result, many countries around the world, including member states of the European Union, are considering treating the coronavirus like the flu. According to Bloomberg, Spain was the first EU country to suggest people start getting used to living with COVID-19, calling on the rest of member states to start treating the virus as an endemic disease.

We need to assess the evolution of Covid from a pandemic to an endemic diseasesaid the country’s prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, in a January 10 radio interview.

According to experts, similar approaches to Spain’s may soon be adopted by other EU countries, as a large proportion of member states have recently eased travel restrictions by shortening travel periods. quarantine, despite the spread of Omicron.

For example, Estonia shortened its quarantine requirement from ten to seven days.

Similarly, Iceland has also shortened the quarantine period to seven days. Previously, the country had a ten-day quarantine requirement for those who had contracted the virus. The decision was made after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced it would shorten the quarantine period to five days for US citizens.

At the same time, the quarantine in Slovenia can now be lifted on the fifth day, after taking a COVID-19 test, the results of which are negative. Prior to January 10, the test could only be taken on the seventh day.

While shortening the duration of quarantine, EU countries have also shortened the validity of vaccination certificates in an effort to encourage more people to receive booster shots, as the effect of primary vaccination has waned. proven to fade over time.

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