With the holidays fast approaching, millions of people across the country will be traveling to visit their families. Amidst the current pandemic, ensuring safe travel practices has never been more important. Whether you plan to travel by road or by air, there are several crucial safety measures to keep in mind. For those traveling by plane, the CDC has provided information about the safety of air travel and outlined necessary precautions:
Many who do not wish to be in airports or who have no need to fly will be driving home during the holidays. While taking the road means you can avoid large crowds at airports, traveling by car poses risks of its own. Public health experts at Emory University and Georgetown University note that if you decide to travel by road, you should:
While driving a shorter distance is preferable to flying by plane, driving longer distances which require you to stay at hotels or motels poses a far greater risk. While the totality of risk in each circumstance is not fully understood, public health experts agree that taking a plane may be safer than taking a long trip on the road. Traveling long distances on the road poses its own common risks, such as car accidents and vehicular malfunction in remote areas.
Lastly, you may want to consider if traveling to see relatives during the holidays is wise in the first place. We understandably yearn to see our loved ones, but the virus poses a special risk to the elderly and those who suffer from comorbidities in the heart and lungs. It may be necessary to refrain from traveling altogether and use digital methods of communication such as Zoom to celebrate the holidays with your family.Tagged CDC, safe driving