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June 11, 2021 — In normal times, summer travel is at least temporarily about relaxing, spending time outside, and putting most of the care aside. Through the lens of COVID-19 pandemic pandemicHowever, carefree summer travel seems more challenging.

Consider the safest way to reach your destination, whether health precautions are necessary, and what the COVID-19 case numbers look like at your destination, experts advise.

Henry Wu, director of the Emory Travelwell Center and associate professor at Emory University School of Medicine, said, “If you are a traveler with a high risk tolerance and you are flexible, this may be a good time to start planning that trip. ” Atlanta said during a media briefing on Thursday.

Rather than international travel, staying closer to home through local or domestic travel may be a better idea for families who haven’t been vaccinated or for those who prefer a more predictable approach when traveling, Wu said. said.

For people with health conditions that increase the risk for more severe COVID-19 or for whom Vaccines may be less effective, “it still may not be a good time to travel,” he said.

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Pack travel guides — and travel guidance

so where? CDC’s Travelers Health website Best place to start, Wu said. “The number of countries that are coming out of the highest [travel warning] is increasing.”

Wu said countries are not a good option in the midst of a serious boom. “Even if you have been vaccinated, do you need health care during your travels, whether from a car accident or a heart attack You become a burden to a struggling health system.”

Summer travel planning also begins with vaccinations, Wu said. “I really strongly recommend everyone to get vaccinated when it’s available to you.” Also, remember to pack your CDC-issued vaccination card and make copies, including ones that can be stored on the Internet as a backup.

Although the CDC suggested that vaccinated people can do most activities without a mask, “I recommend that travelers take a more nuanced and informed approach,” Wu said. When you are in situations that are at a high risk for COVID-19 transmission – say a crowded indoor place with a mix of people – I would recommend wearing a mask, even if not required.”

As a reminder, most countries still require a COVID-19 test before travel, even for vaccination. Also, “remember that you still need to have a negative test within 3 days of boarding the plane upon your return to the US, Wu said.

“So that that mask can save you a big headache.”

Types of concern and single dose protection

More and more data suggest COVID-19 Vaccines Wu said the variants of the concern, including the Delta variants first identified in India, offer protection against .

“Our Vaccines are effective in that they can prevent serious disease and possibly prevent most infections from the delta variant. Furthermore, when there are “breakthrough” infections — cases where vaccinated people still become infected — most cases are mild.

“I can’t say that all the data is there and there is 100% certainty,” Wu said, “especially if a new form of concern emerges.” He recommends always taking extra precautions, “whether it’s masking in high-risk situations or perhaps avoiding countries with high levels of transmission.”

‘Get that second dose’

The situation is obviously riskier for uninfected people, but what about those who are between their first and second doses or who – for whatever reason – only received the first of the recommended two-dose vaccines? is?

Anthony Fauci, MD, chief medical adviser to the Biden administration, quoted study preview Which has not yet been reviewed, which states that the Pfizer vaccine is 88% effective against the delta variant with two doses. However, this effectiveness drops to 33% with a single dose. The study only looked at the Pfizer vaccine, not the two-dose Moderna shot or the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Similarly, the 60% effectiveness of two doses of AstraZeneca vaccine also drops to 33% with just one dose.

“My pretty quick advice is to get a second dose, even if it’s late,” Wu said. “It’s definitely something I’ll do before your visit.”

Unless there’s a medical reason or allergy that precludes a second dose, “why settle for a partial benefit when you can get the full benefit from that second dose?” Wu asked. “I’ll definitely get it.”

It’s about the journey and the destination

In general, road trips can be the safest form of summer travel because they allow for complete control over your surroundings along the way. Wu said it is still necessary to avoid crowded places when stopping along the way.

Others will still opt for air travel. Airports and airlines still require passengers to wear masks, including those who have been vaccinated. The CDC has made masks mandatory on all forms of public transportation, including trains, buses, ride-shares and more.

Try to minimize how often you remove the mask “If you want to be extra safe. Even if you’ve been vaccinated, I always like to take those extra precautions.”

cruise control

CDC continues to enforce no sale order First issued on March 14, 2020, for cruise ships operating in US waters. The agency continues to cite the risk of introduction, transmission and spread of COVID-19.

The cruises are “very interesting,” Wu said. Some cruise lines have mandatory vaccine requirements for all passengers as well as crew.” Some have relaxed [the criteria]“Some have backtracked a bit, but others have a very clear need,” he said. “Certainly travelers should take that into account before booking any cruise.”

CDC press officer Scott Pauley said in an email, “We currently recommend that everyone avoid traveling on cruise ships around the world, including River Cruises. For future cruises, keep them updated on our guidance. should continue to monitor.”

And recently, two Americans aboard a Celebrity Cruise Line cruise from St. Maarten tested positive. COVID this week, CNN reported.

international plans

The CDC recently lowered its warning levels for more than 100 countries. The move comes after the agency changed its criteria for travel advisories. For example, the highest alert, Level 4, now requires 500 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents, up from 100 cases per 100,000 residents.

Not surprisingly, the one country that was not downgraded was India. State Department on May 5 citing “Do Not Travel” advisory to India “Very high level” of COVID-19, still holds.

Another recommended source of information is State Department website, which provides updated information on COVID-19 and other risks that are traceable by country.

An epidemic dog delays travel plans

When asked whether or not he would be traveling this summer, Wu replied, “It’s been over 6 months and I’m really itching to get on the plane to visit my parents. “

Both of her elderly parents have also been vaccinated, so Wu believes it is safe for her to visit them in Hawaii.

what’s the catch? A relatively new family member. Wu adopted an epidemic dog in the past year “and keeping the dog on board is proving problematic. That’s what’s holding me back from booking my trip, but I hope to do so in the next month or so “

a new optimistic phase

“We are a year and a half into this pandemic and we are entering a new, exciting and optimistic phase,” Wu said.

Because COVID-19 is a global concern, especially for travellers, he welcomed the news that the US plans to donate another 500 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the world. “It’s great news that the world is reopening to travelers.”


sources say

Henry Wu, MD, director, Emory Travelwell Center, associate professor, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta.

White House COVID-19 Response Task Force, press briefing, June 10, 2021.

Scott Pauley, press officer, CDC.

CNN: “2 passengers on Celebrity Millennium Cruise test positive for COVID-19.”


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