GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (WBAY) – You may have been looking forward to visiting family for the holidays or taking a much-anticipated vacation for months, but how could the omicron and delta-COVID-19 variants affect your travel plans ?
“Knowing who has the disease is the only way to really isolate someone and prevent someone from going to another area and spreading the disease,” says Dr. Ashok Rai, President and CEO of Prevea Health.
In addition to getting tested, doctors said being fully vaccinated with your booster shot, if eligible, is still the best way to protect yourself from COVID while traveling. On Wednesday morning December 8th Pfizer announced that its booster dose provides protection against the emerging ommicron variant. Doctors are still particularly concerned about the delta variant, which now causes the most cases.
We are currently in the midst of the holiday season and some doctors have wondered how effective international travel bans are.
“The theory might be that if there were cases in one location and it was isolated at that location, it would be obvious to prevent it from coming out, maybe things slow down,” said the intermedical director for infection prevention at UW Health, dr. Then. Shirley, shared. “We’ve already had some sort of trail that we’ve noticed before, and once you start noticing cases elsewhere, it’s probably everywhere because it’s so connected.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) emphasized in their Nov. 30 pronunciation that general travel bans will not prevent international spread and would place a “heavy burden on livelihoods and livelihoods”.
Doctors said that by being aware of the number of cases and the masking requirements wherever you travel, both domestically and abroad, you can protect this holiday season if you decide to go ahead with your vacation or visit plans.
For more information on the CDC travel guidelines for both domestic and international travel, CLICK HERE.
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