The World Health Organization announced on Tuesday that those 60 and older should postpone travel in response to the emergence of the COVID-19 omicron variant (B.1.1.529), which they designated a ”variant of concern” on Nov. 26.
”Persons who are unwell or at risk of developing severe COVID-19 disease and dying, including people 60 years of age or older or those with comorbidities (e.g., heart disease, cancer, and diabetes), should be advised to postpone travel,” the statement read.
The WHO also urged countries to ”continue to apply an evidence-informed and risk-based approach when implementing travel measures,” but cautioned against ”blanket travel bans,” which it said ”will not prevent the international spread.”
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