The U.S. has kept its land borders with Canada and Mexico closed to non-essential traffic, even as Americans flock to vacation in Mexico in record numbers (American Airlines says they’re looking for any airport they don’t currently fly to with a paved runway) and even as Canada announced its re-opening to Americans and others.
The U.S. has also continued to ban travelers who’ve been in China, Iran, the European Schengen area, U.K. and Ireland, Brazil, South Africa or India in the prior 14 days.
While there has been significant discussion of when the U.S. would lift its restrictions, but it appears that may now be off the table.
— *Walter Bloomberg (@DeItaone) July 26, 2021
This is such a strange policy.
- The virus is spreading wildly in the U.S., and we’re keeping out people in many cases less likely to have Covid-19 than those already here
- Unvaccinated Americans can travel to Mexico and return unhindered, while vaccinated Europeans who test negative for Covid-19 cannot enter.
- We aren’t trying to ‘contain’ the virus, or even the Delta variant, it is already here.
This policy doesn’t appear to accomplish anything. It’s for show, but with real consequences separating families and raising the cost of doing business.
Meanwhile we know that even where there are breakthrough cases among the vaccinated, they are far less likely to result in severe disease or hospitalization. That means actions we’re taking to protect people from the virus impose costs on the vaccinated to protect those who choose not to get vaccinated. (Children under 12 who cannot yet get vaccinated are at statistically lower risk than older Americans who have been vaccinated).