COVID-19 infection rates are improving in many areas of the country, but there are fears of another possible surge that could be made worse by more people traveling for spring break.
The Doctors remind everyone that currently, the CDC is asking people to not travel -- even if they have received the vaccine. "Travel increases your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19. Delay travel and stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, even if you are vaccinated," the CDC warns.
The agency details what steps need to be taken to protect yourself and others if you do have to travel, which include:
- If you are eligible, get fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
- Before you travel, get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip.
- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public.
- Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who did not travel with you.
- Get tested 3-5 days after your trip and stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if your test is negative. If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
- Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.
For anyone coming to America, including U.S. citizens, a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 is required before boarding a flight to the United States. Also, if you will be taking a plane, bus, train, or any other form of public transit, face masks are required.
If you are considering traveling to another state, find out about the state's COVID-19 travel restrictions, guidance, and resources.
As for international travel, each destination has its own rules and CNN has a guide on most country's restrictions and steps that need to be taken before you can enter. For example, many countries are not currently allowing non-essential travel, and testing is required to enter. In the United Kingdom, it is currently illegal for its citizens to travel abroad for vacation and in Germany overnight hotel stays for tourism purposes are not allowed.
And if you are going to travel, the CDC breaks down what is least risky and what is most risky:
Safest: Interacting with household members only (indoors and outdoors).
Less Safe: Interacting with a few people who are not from your household, if all are from the local area, you meet outdoors, all wear a mask, all stay at least 6 feet away from people they do not live with, no one shares food, drinks or personal items with people they don’t live with.
Even Less Safe: Interacting with a few people, if people are from neighboring or other communities, you meet in an open, well-ventilated indoor space, most (not all) wear a mask, most stay at least 6 feet away from people they do not live with, Most limit sharing of food and personal items with others.
Least Safe: Interacting with crowds, especially if people travel from distant communities or the crowd is made up of people from different places, the spread of COVID-19 is high in the community, you meet in a confined, poorly ventilated indoor space, few people wear a mask, no one stays at least 6 feet/2meters away from people they do not live with, people freely share food and personal items with others.