As we limp towards the start of a third year to this pandemic, hoping to restore our travel plans back to “normal,” COVID-19 and its variant du jour keep rearing its persistent head (read: Omicron).
The only positive right now is that some in the medical and research fields are striking a different tone than 2020′s “stay home, stay safe” mantra — at least for now.
Stephen Kissler, a research fellow at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, in an online discussion on December 9 with “The World” public radio program points out: “At this point in the pandemic, we’ve learned so much about this virus and how to keep ourselves from spreading infection to others — and from acquiring infection.” He continued, “If certain precautions are taken, it’s possible to travel relatively safely.”
Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reminds us that vaccination is the fastest path to normalcy — including for widespread travel. Accordingly, the U.S. Travel Association, along with every major travel business — including Fagabond — urges everyone eligible and not yet vaccinated to do so immediately.
As of today, we know the pandemic is not close to over — at least not yet, and possibly never. But if travel businesses, residents, and travelers all do their part, Americans can travel confidently.
Here are five tips to stay healthy while traveling: