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Quarantining arriving travelers in the era of COVID-19: balancing the risk and benefits a learning experience from Bahrain

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posted on 07.12.2021, 14:45 authored by Abdulkarim Abdulrahman, Manaf AlSabbagh, Abdulla AlAwadhi, Jaffar A. Al-Tawfiq, Ali A Rabaan, Stephen Atkin, Manaf AlQahtani
The quarantine period imposed to travelers in many countries due to COVID19 is a major obstacle for any traveler. Lifting the quarantine period could lead to significant improvement in people's quality of life and any country's economy. Bahrain have used two quarantine models from arriving passengers. We report data about the incidence of COVID19 on arriving passengers at Bahrain International airport. Infection rates were reported on arrival, during quarantine and after leaving quarantine. Results showed that travelers had low incidence of COVID19 on arriving and during the quarantine period, while becoming at higher risk after leaving quarantine. We concluded that quarantine requirement maybe lifted for arriving travelers. Testing upon arrival with implementation of the public health preventative measures can minimize the risk of transmission.

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Abdulrahman A. et al. Quarantining arriving travelers in the era of COVID-19: balancing the risk and benefits a learning experience from Bahrain. Trop Dis Travel Med Vaccines. 2021;7(1):1.

Publication Date

12 January 2021

PubMed ID

33436085

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  • RCSI Bahrain

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BioMed Central

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  • Published Version (Version of Record)