The Nurse’s Note
Summer Travel, COVID Style

 

For some of us yearning to travel, the question is not whether to book a vacation but what to expect when we do. Enthusiasm for travel is at its highest point in a year, with 87% of American travelers expected to take a trip this summer. But is the summer the best time to travel this year, or is it prudent to wait? Medical professionals present several scenarios of how the rest of 2021 may play out. Experts are saying that this summer is likely to have lower infection rates than winter.  With COVID-19 vaccinations being safe for individuals 12 and older, the risk to individuals traveling will continue to drop, allowing for more activities and domestic travel. It is a real chance at a summer with much lower rates of disease, however, experts are encouraging everyone to pull together and do their part by getting vaccinated. Based on what we know so far, there will be flare-ups and outbreaks, but the United States is expected to continue a path to normalcy with local and regional hotspots for the remainder of 2021 and into early 2022. Travel will be more difficult than ever before with long lines at security checkpoints, and mandated wearing of masks on planes, trains, and public transport. Each state has different pandemic restrictions and requirements, so check the state you are traveling to before heading out. As they say on TV, the world is waiting for you. Travel safe. Go!  The Nurse

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