Holiday Travel During Pandemic: Handle with Care

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Travelers take extra precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We’re already pretty far into the holiday season, and many people are traveling to visit family and friends for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and more. Fewer people are traveling this year because of the pandemic, and instead choosing to spend time with family in town, or to just enjoy the company of those they live with. According to a survey by travelpulse.com from back in November, 24% of Americans said they are likely to travel for Christmas.

Travel can increase your chance of spreading and getting Covid-19. If you are planning on traveling this year, there are a few precautions you should take to keep yourself and others around you safe, according to cdc.gov.

Firstly, make sure the cases aren’t high or quickly increasing in your area of destination. You should check the area’s cases in the last seven days. Bigger number of cases means a bigger chance of getting and spreading Covid-19.

Second, bring supplies like masks and hand sanitizer. Even though you’re on vacation, you should still be wearing a mask around other people and sanitizing regularly. This helps to not spread germs to others around you.

Make sure to stay six feet apart or more from anyone you don’t know and isn’t traveling in your group. If you’re traveling by plane, this can obviously be a little difficult. It is recommended to still try to stay six feet away from the person in front of you when boarding the plane. Make sure to keep your mask on at all times when on the plane.

You should also consider getting tested before and after traveling. It is recommended by the CDC to get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip. You should also get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after your trip, and stay quarantined for seven days, even if your test is negative. 

Keep a copy of your test results with you at almost all times during travel because you may get asked for them when going to a public place. If you don’t have the results, you may be turned away.

And of course, if you test positive, do not travel. Stay home and isolate yourself as soon as possible, and focus on getting better instead of traveling. Those who have made contact with you should get tested and quarantine as well; so let them know if you’ve tested positive. Don’t keep it a secret. 

Finally, make sure to have safe travels and happy holidays!