Tips for Safer Travels as More People Get Vaccinated
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced recently that people who have been fully vaccinated no longer need to wear masks in most places. Exceptions include healthcare settings, public transportation and any setting where a business or locality requires masking.
The CDC’s change in guidance acknowledges that many activities – including travel – are safer for those who are vaccinated.
Eric Sachinwalla, MD, Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control for Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, urges people to take advantage of this new openness by getting vaccinated. “No. 1, it so dramatically increases safety for you and for everyone around you. It’s just peace of mind because it provides this additional layer of protection.”
Vaccinated people also can skip some other practices, especially surrounding travel, that had been required in the past. Below, Dr. Sachinwalla offers advice for people – vaccinated or not – who want to travel safely now and this summer.
He adds a special note of caution for people who may be traveling with children who can’t yet be vaccinated. “If you have young children, you need to think of everyone as unvaccinated unless only the grownups go on the trip and the kids do something else. Kids do seem to be at lower risk, but unfortunately there are still cases and some kids do get pretty ill with COVID.”