Here’s what health experts want you to know about travel and vacations


We asked health experts to help you navigate how best to get away — and what pitfalls they see along the way.

What types of Covid-19 precautions should people take this summer while traveling by car? By plane?

Here’s what Dr. Jay C. Butler, the deputy director for infectious diseases at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, said:

“Airports and security lines may put people in close contact and social distancing may be difficult on crowded flights so it will be extremely important to wear a face covering, cover coughs and sneezes and wash your hands. Traveling by car may expose people to others and infected surfaces when stopping for gas, food and bathroom breaks. So anticipating your travel needs are important. Bring alcohol-based hand sanitizer, wear face coverings in public places and pick up food at drive-throughs or curbside restaurants.”

If you wanted to visit far-away family, would you stay with them?

Dr. Susan Bailey, an allergist and immunologist and president of the American Medical Association, based in Forth Worth, Texas, replied:

“Visiting far-away family almost necessarily would entail air travel. And if you’re traveling by air and encountering that many people, I don’t think you have a choice but to self-quarantine, which makes staying with family next to impossible. I would strongly advise against that.”

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