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November 14, 2020

Know Your Travel Risk This Holiday Season

Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP

Last year, the Transportation Safety Administration estimated that nearly 115 million Americans traveled for the holidays. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that number is expected to plummet for 2020. The health crisis has caused families to reconsider whether to travel at all this year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), staying home is the best way to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19. However, if you are going to travel, it’s critical to determine the safest way possible to do so. 

According to the CDC, there are four risk categories for methods of travel:

Lowest Risk

  • Short trips by car with members of your household with no stops along the way.

More Risk

  • Longer trips by car with one or more stops along the way.

Even More Risk

  • Trips by car with people who are not in your household.
  • Long-distance train or bus trips.
  • Direct flights. 

Highest Risk

  • Flights with layovers.
  • Traveling on a cruise ship.

 
If you do travel, remember to follow CDC guidance on protecting yourself from catching COVID-19:

  • Wear a mask at all times.
  • Avoid close contact with others by staying at least six feet apart.
  • Wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.