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The CDC is asking you to reconsider that trip you booked to Mexico

The CDC has raised its COVID-19 level to the highest possible marker.

Anna Rahmanan
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Anna Rahmanan

As airline companies slowly begin adding flights back to their routes, more and more Americans have been feeling comfortable booking vacations—especially to the relatively close (and sunny, mostly) country of Mexico. That might also be due to the fact that Mexico actually does not require visitors to present negative COVID-19 test results to enter the country (unlike other usually just-as-popular warm-weather destinations the likes of the Caribbean and Hawaii)

Things might soon change, though, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now warning Americans about the dangers of traveling to Mexico. 

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Specifically, just this past weekend, the agency has raised its COVID-19 level to its highest marker, code red, quite literally asking people to avoid trips to our neighboring country. The level 4 notice specifically argues that heading to the destination will "increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19."

If you have a trip planned, we'd remiss not to remind you that, since March, Mexico has actually reported over a million confirmed cases of COVID-19, with a total of 100,000 related deaths—the fourth highest death toll in the world.

Still thinking about following through with your original vacation? Make sure to submit to a viral test 1-3 days before the trip and not to travel while waiting for results, testing positive or feeling sick. While flying, always keep a mask on, constantly wash your hands and stay at least six feet apart from people you are not traveling with. The CDC also urges you to submit to another viral test 1-3 days before your return to the United States, get tested 3-5 days after your trip and, regardless of any result, stay home for seven days upon arrival back home.

You don't need us to tell you this, but please stay safe and be careful.

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