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With vaccination rates continuing to rise in the United States, many Americans are ready to abandon their quarantine routine and travel for the first time in over a year. According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the number of people passing through airports exceeded pre-pandemic levels during July 4.e weekend.
As we slowly return to normal, travelers should continue to consider COVID-19 precautions when planning their trips. Here are some tips from NewYork-Presbyterian on how to make safe choices when planning travel this summer.
To get vaccinated
COVID-19 infection rates are falling, and although public health measures like hand hygiene, wearing masks and social distancing have helped control the spread, the main reason for the decrease has been vaccinations.
Keep it simple and slow down
While it can be tempting to tick off all the places on your bucket list after a year at home, it’s a good idea to focus on just one destination. Taking a few extra days to adjust to your destination, enjoy the views, and have time to transition when you get home will help ensure you don’t tire of the trip.
Enjoy the outdoors
Studies have shown that the virus that causes COVID-19 is much less transmissible outdoors. Avoid the crowds by visiting a location that is off the beaten path and allows you to spend a lot of time outdoors.
For families who wish to travel with young children who have not yet been vaccinated, an outdoor trip, such as camping, is a great option.
Don’t worry about planes if you are fully vaccinated
There is no need to be afraid of traveling by plane for those who are fully vaccinated. The filtering system and air exchange make air travel one of the safest options.
If you are flying, remember to:
- Stay hydrated before and during the flight
- Limit alcoholic beverages
- Move around the cabin when authorized
- Wear appropriate clothing so you don’t get too hot or too cold
- Carry well-fitting surgical masks, alcohol-based hand sanitizer, alcohol-based wipes for touch surfaces, and tissues
Most places have COVID security protocols in place, so familiarize yourself with the measures they take. Since COVID-19 outbreaks typically occur in larger locations, consider a small to medium-sized hotel or resort that has proper room cleaning guidelines, air filtration systems with air conditioning. staff, vaccinated or required to wear masks, and capacity limits imposed for places such as restaurants and elevators. If you are staying in a larger resort that could be overcrowded, use public areas during off-peak hours, wear a mask when in doubt, and wash your hands frequently.
Be informed, prepared and flexible
Make sure you keep up to date with the latest news from your destination and its COVID-19 cases. Follow these steps to stay prepared:
- Have a contingency plan in case you need to cancel your trip due to an increase in cases.
- Make sure all your personal health information is easily accessible.
- Bring all of your medications with you, including any extras, in case your trip needs to be extended.
- Consider travel health insurance if you think you are at an increased risk of getting sick and have a plan for what to do if you do.
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