While other countries went on strict lockdown amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, American’s have continued to lead a somewhat normal life. This has led to a continuing rise in the number of cases and uncontrolled spread in many areas.
With the holidays approaching, health experts would like for everyone to just stay home but understand that probably isn’t realistic for a lot of American’s. 2020 travel looks a lot different than travel in years past, so staying informed is key!
Is it Safe to Travel?
Traveling during COVID-19 is never 100% safe. Any time you travel, you risk exposure to COVID-19 or exposing someone to COVID-19 if you’re carrying it and asymptomatic. Understanding that there is such a risk is the first step towards being as safe as possible. While you travel, it’s essential to follow strict COVID-19 precautions. This includes:
- Wearing a mask anytime you’re in public
- Frequent hand washing
- Avoid touching your face
- Practice 6-foot social distancing at all times
Places to Avoid
Some places are more dangerous travel destinations than others. Places that are warmer during the winter and popular tourist destinations are especially dangerous and should be avoided because they will likely have larger crowds of people.
You should also get informed on what the number of COVID-19 cases looks like in the area you plan to travel to. States and countries with uncontrolled spread are very dangerous to visit. Areas with lax COVID-19 policies surrounding mask use and social distancing should be avoided too.
If you live in an area with a high number of cases, don’t travel to an area with a very low number of cases. You could bring COVID-19 to that area and with just one family gathering, cause a super spread. Destinations that you can drive to in your own car are the safest, because public transport and planes pose a high COVID-19 exposure risk.
COVID-19 Testing Recommendations
Health experts recommend getting tested right before your trip and right after you get home. COVID-19 testing is available at urgent care centers across the country, so if you develop symptoms during your trip, find one and get tested right away. Encourage those that you plan to celebrate the holidays with to get tested too, even if they have no symptoms.
Speak with an urgent care health provider about your risk level and determine if traveling in 2020 is worth the risk to you. Take precautions, bring a mask, and stay safe this holiday season!