Is it safe to travel during the pandemic this holiday season? – twin cities

Is it safe to travel during the pandemic this holiday season?

It depends on. It may be safe if you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but officials say people who have not been shot should postpone the trip.

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

“The Delta variant has really brought us back to an earlier point in the pandemic,” he says.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says you should not travel if you are ill or if you have tested positive for COVID-19 and your isolation period is not over yet – even if you are fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated people who decide to travel should receive a COVID-19 test one to three days before the trip and three to five days after returning home.

All travelers must still wear masks on trains, planes and other indoor public transportation areas, the agency said.

Airlines say cabin cabins are low risk as they have good air circulation and filtration. However, there are no requirements for vaccination or testing before domestic flights, and passengers can remove their face masks while eating or drinking.

Hotels are not risky for the vaccinated as long as they wear masks around strangers, Armitage says. More stressful are family gatherings with unvaccinated people, especially for those who are elderly or have health problems.

Health experts suggest looking at the case levels and masking rules at the place you are visiting before you travel.

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