Is It Safe to Travel Now?

Now with the Covid-19 vaccine slowly becoming more and more available to the public, will it finally be safe to travel without concern? This is partially true and also untrue. It is in fact correct, that the airline transportation has become generally safer. However, this does not mean it is 100% safe. The CDC states that even though someone has gotten vaccinated, they can still get Covid and pass it on to others. “Vaccinated people could potentially still get COVID-19 and spread it to others,” according to the CDC, as respiratory droplets fall onto surfaces or float in the air. ‘We’re still learning how well COVID-19 vaccines keep people from spreading the disease,’ the agency added”.

The Pfizer BioNTech show that the vaccine isn’t actually 100% effective and that there can be some people who have taken the vaccine, can still get Covid. “real world studies of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines show they are only 90% protective against the coronavirus, not 95% as reported in clinical trials. Translated into reality, that means for every million fully vaccinated people who fly, some 100,000 could still become infected. ‘Is everyone masked? That’s also very important,’ said Marr, who is world renowned for her 2011 discovery that influenza can hover in air for an hour via respiratory microscopic droplets called aerosols.”

A new form of filtering out bacteria particles was introduced. It is known as the HEPA filters which serve to make the airport safer for travelers. However, CDC states that not all airports have the HEPA filters so you should always be aware. “Not all planes in service today have HEPA filtration. Pleasure planes flown by individuals, “puddle jumpers” used to carry people to and fro in Alaska, Canada and other remote locations, and many small jets leased or chartered by companies to hustle their executives between meetings don’t have HEPA filtration.”

Regardless of whether or not individuals have been vaccinated or not, the CDC recommends everyone keep these things in mind.

  • Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19.
  • People who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine can travel safely within the United States:
    • Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to get tested before or after travel unless their destination requires it
    • Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to self-quarantine
  • Fully vaccinated travelers should still follow CDC’s recommendations for traveling safely including:
    • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth
    • Stay 6 feet from others and avoid crowds
    • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer

If you are fully vaccinated, you should still take steps to protect others. CDC gives guidelines for those who are fully vaccinated to protect others against the virus.

  • During Travel
    • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth. Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
    • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who is not traveling with you.
    • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
  • After Travel
    • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
    • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.

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