ROCHESTER, Minn. – It’s the summer travel season and thanks to a drop in COVID-19 cases and an increase in vaccinations, more and more people are packing their bags.
Mayo Clinic experts point out that it’s safe for you to travel if you’re fully vaccinated and healthy, but it gets more complicated if you’re unvaccinated, immunocompromised, or have other health problems.
Dr Gregory Poland explains that the CDC’s travel recommendations are meant to be broad, so if you are immunocompromised or have other questions about your health and your risk of COVID, you are encouraged to speak to your healthcare provider beforehand. travel. They will be able to guide you to make the decision that is most concerned with your safety.
It is advisable to know the travel requirements of the places you are traveling to. Unvaccinated people are discouraged from traveling. But if you must, you are encouraged to wear a mask and avoid destinations with high viral transmission.
Dr Poland believes airlines are doing everything possible to keep passengers safe, but he always encourages people to mask themselves regardless of their vaccination status. “They did a really good job with that and well done to them. Nonetheless, if you are not vaccinated, if you are not fully vaccinated, if you do not have a healthy immune system and most likely even if you are. do it … the cost of wearing a mask is so minimal it’s non-existent and I personally wear a mask, “he says.
Since children under 12 cannot yet be vaccinated, travel in crowded spaces such as planes, buses and public transport is not recommended for them. Whether you or your children are not vaccinated, Dr Nipunie Rajapakse encourages you to avoid areas with high COVID-19 spread.
Children should continue with protective practices such as wearing masks, especially in indoor and overcrowded places, or stay away from such places.
Dr Rajapakse acknowledges that the kids must have missed a lot in the past year, but suggests safer holiday activities this year. âI think there are some things families can think of when planning what to do this summer, some safer options, including considering outdoor activities. We know the virus is not spreading. good outdoors. Activities like camping or hiking for example with unvaccinated children could be a good option for the summer, both for exercise and for going outside, âhe explains. it.
Although children under 12 are not yet eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, Dr. Rajapakse reminds you to keep your children informed about their other vaccinations such as measles, mumps and pertussis. Many children have fallen behind on those shots during the pandemic and she warns that we could see epidemics in the future.
As we move into the fall season, Dr Poland believes it will be the riskiest and most dangerous time of the pandemic for unvaccinated people due to the variants circulating. Currently, it is extremely unlikely that a vaccinated person will be affected by the delta variant.