Is it safe to travel during the pandemic this Christmas season?
It depends. It may be safe if you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19But authorities say people who have not received vaccinations should delay the trip.
Regardless of vaccination status, all travelers should continue to take precautions, such as avoiding unmasked crowds indoors, he said. Keith Armitage, an infectious disease expert at Case Western Reserve University.
“The delta variant has really brought us back to the beginnings of the pandemic”, Held.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends Do not travel if you are sick or if you have tested positive for COVID-19 and your period of isolation is not over yet, even if you are fully vaccinated.
Unvaccinated people who decide to travel should be tested for COVID-19 one to three days before the trip and three to five days after returning.
All travelers must wear masks on trains, planes, and other covered public transportation areasthe agency said.
Airlines say aircraft cabins are low risk, as they have good air circulation and filtration. However, there are no vaccination or testing requirements before domestic flights, and passengers can remove their masks while eating or drinking.
Hotels are not risky for the vaccinated as long as they wear masks when around strangers, dice Armitage.
More tense are family gatherings with unvaccinated people, especially for the elderly or those with health problems.
Health experts suggest looking at the case levels and masking rules in the place you will be visiting before you travel.