Do you dream of sunny days under palm trees or hiking in the lush mountains of Hawaii?
You’re not alone.
It has been just over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic suddenly disrupted many people’s travel plans.
Now, with spring in the air, many of us are eager to pack our bags and put a few miles between us and the four walls of our homes.
Medical experts understand, but urge caution.
In its winter travel health update, the CDC article “Spring Break Can Wait” read: “Thinking of a spring getaway? CDC recommends that you do not travel at this time. Travel increases your chances of catching and spreading COVID-19. Delay the trip and stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. “
The CDC went on to say that if you must travel, take precautions. not first. This includes full vaccination as soon as you are eligible and looking for a COVID-19 test one to three days before your trip.
If you decide to travel for spring break or for some other reason, Dr Olivero recommends minimizing your risks as much as possible.
This includes wearing a mask properly in public, avoiding crowds, staying at least 6 feet from anyone who is not traveling with you, washing or disinfecting your hands frequently, and following all of the recommendations of national and local travel during the trip.
It’s important, she says, to talk about your trip and plan in a way you didn’t have before COVID-19.
Top 5 tips from Dr Olivero:
1. Consider where you are going and how you are going.
“If you’re traveling for spring break, do you go to a lot of different places and densely populated places? If so, then it’s a riskier situation, ”she said.
CDC classifies types of trips depending on the risk, the safest being staying at home or taking short trips by car with members of your household.
Longer trips by car or RV with stops along the way are less safe.
Car or RV trips with people outside your household, long-distance train or bus trips, and direct flights are even less secure.
The least safe choices, according to the CDC, are flights with stopovers and cruises.
2. Look for local directions at your destination.
Dr Olivero said it’s important for people to remember that mandates and precautions differ from state to state – some might have stricter guidelines than your state, and others might be more lax. .
“It could be very different,” she says. “Some states are much more diligent than others.”
Also be aware of any restrictions or recommendations that may be in place with schools or employers for your return, she said.
3. Be flexible with your plans.
In a pandemic, things change quickly. Build flexibility into your plans so if you have to make a tough decision at the last minute, you can make the safer choice, she said.
If travel insurance or reimbursable expenses are available, use them, Dr Olivero urged.
What if someone who plans to travel thrives symptoms of COVID-19, cancel your plans and stay home.
4. If you are going to visit someone, set your expectations first.
Will you be wearing masks indoors? Are you going to gather indoors or only outdoors? What activities are you comfortable with? Do you want to share a hug? Will you be limiting your activities and exposure for 14 days before you travel and assemble? Are you going to test before you meet?
These are things to discuss, and it is best to do this before you get into a difficult situation.
“I would always recommend having these conversations before you go,” said Dr Olivero.
5. Decide if the trip can wait.
Dr Olivero urged families and individuals to consider if this is the best year to splurge on a spring break trip and not to overlook local activities that can be done while schools are out of town. session.
“As the warm weather approaches, there are plenty of safe and fun things to do in Michigan.” she said.