A vacation after the year-long quarantine sounds delightful but there is still a lot of risk with travel. Are you dreaming about spending your afternoons on a sunny beach or hiking the mountains of an island? You are not alone. Most people’s travel plans were cancelled or postponed last year when coronavirus halted the world. Now with spring returning, many people are excited to pack their bags and travel again. Medical experts understand the need to leave the house but with Covid cases rising, they are urging people to maintain caution.
Rosemary Olivero who is an MD, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital told Spectrum health, “No matter what, we have to remember that we are still in a pandemic,”. The doctor has urged everyone who is planning a trip via plane or road to be careful and understand the risks associated with travel. Travellers are urged to consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations.
The CDC had posted an article in its Travelers’ Health Winter Update with the title “Spring Break Can Wait”. The article said, “Thinking about a spring break getaway? CDC recommends that you do not travel at this time. Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Delay travel and stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.”
The CDC has insisted that in case you cannot cancel your trip, make sure to take precautions for your safety. You must get vaccinated as soon as you are eligible before you travel. Get tested for Covid-19 one to three days before you plan to take your trip. You must minimise the risk of contracting or spreading coronavirus in case you are travelling for spring break or for any other reason.
You can take various precautions such as avoiding crowded places, always wearing a mask in public and maintaining a 6 feet distance from everyone that is not a part of your travel group. You must sanitise and wash your hands regularly and follow all local and state travel recommendations when you travel.
COVID-19 has changed the procedure for travel planning. You must plan and converse about the trip in a different way than what you may be used to prior to the virus.
Here are some tips to consider that have been medically approved-
1. Research the guidelines set by the local government of the location you are planning to visit. Every state has different restrictions and mandates.
2. Make sure to research the place you are travelling to and your mode of travel. Try to avoid places with a high population density and take short car trips instead.
3. Make plans that can be changed without any difficulties. Obtain refundable fee options and travel insurance if you can.
4. Discuss expectations before meeting anyone. Decide on mask and hug protocols before you decide to meet.
5. If you can postpone the trip, then please postpone it.