Is it safe to travel during the pandemic holiday season?

Is it safe to travel during the pandemic holiday season?

Is it safe to travel during the pandemic holiday season?

It depends. It can be safe if you’re fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but officials say people who haven’t been vaccinated should delay travel.

Regardless of vaccination status, all travelers should continue to take precautions such as avoiding unmasked indoor crowds, says Dr. Keith Armitage, an infectious disease expert at Case Western Reserve University.

“The delta variant really brought us back to earlier in the pandemic,” he says.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says not to travel if you are sick, or if you test positive for COVID-19 and your period of isolation is not over yet — even if you’ve been fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated people who decide to travel should get a COVID-19 test one to three days before travel and three to five days after returning.

The agency says all travelers are still required to wear masks on trains, planes and other indoor public transit areas.


Airlines say cabins are low risk because they have good air circulation and filtration. However, there is no need for vaccination or testing before domestic flights, and travelers can remove face masks while eating or drinking.

Armitage says hotels aren’t a vaccination risk as long as they wear masks around strangers. Even more dangerous are family gatherings with unvaccinated individuals, especially for the elderly or those with health problems.

Health experts suggest looking into condition levels and concealment rules in the place you’re visiting before you travel.


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