Medical experts share travel opportunities for vaccinated people

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released vaccinated Americans to travel again, but some immunized travelers remain on the fence around making summer plans.

Is it finally safe to fly? What about visiting unvaccinated relatives or traveling with young children?

CNBC Global Traveler has asked medical professionals – all involved in Covid-19 treatment or research – to share their travel plans this summer. Here are their answers, in their words.

Summer trips are “unlikely”

“I’m unlikely to travel this summer … I’m worried that the spread of variations, existing or new, sets the stage for a replay of last year’s falls and Covid-19 falls. I’m also worried that vaccine volatility … or supply problems will approach limit our ability to achieve herd immunity in the short term. ”

“We just have to look to the recent Covid-19 jumps in countries like Canada or states like Michigan to see how problems with vaccine supply and the spread of variants can lead to a dangerous jump with a wide impact.”

There is nothing wrong with waiting and access right now.

Mark Cameron

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

“[My kids] they desperately want to get out of the house and into the theme park this summer, but that’s not on our maps right now. I still think there will be relatively safe ways to travel this summer and that there is nothing wrong with waiting and seeing access right now. “

“Full vaccination, moving the bubbles with us and maintaining the infection control measures that have kept us going so far, even if they weren’t prescribed, would be part of the plan.”

“Mark Cameron, an epidemiologist.” associate professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Only from one house to another – by car

“I’m not traveling this summer except by car from our place in New York to our home in the country. Under normal circumstances we would travel a lot, including abroad. But this year we will spend most of our time in our country because it’s much easier to avoid closer contact than in the city or when traveling from afar. “

“When we have to get into town, we’ll do it by car. And when we do, we’ll avoid public transportation, crowded places and closed activities.”

It’s not time to give up yet….

William Haseltine

President, Access Health International

“Vaccination has not changed my behavior or my summer travel plans. There are new variants … that appear regularly, and vaccines will not be equally effective against everyone. Therefore, I and all those in my immediate family take the same precautions after vaccination as before vaccination. This includes avoiding unnecessary travel. “

“When we need to go to public places, like the post office or the store, we wear N95 masks and a face shield, a combination that has proven effective even in closed healthcare facilities and significantly reduces the risk of infection.”

“If some members of our extended family are asked to travel over the summer, we will ask them not to visit us for at least two weeks after the trip – which includes adults who have been vaccinated and children who have not.”

“It’s not yet time to give up on public health measures that can help us control a pandemic.”

—William Haseltine, former professor at Harvard Medical School and current president of Access Health International; author of the book “Variants! Challenge to change the shape of COVID-19”

Yes, but in the same region

“The family trip we’re embarking on this summer will be semi-local. We plan to reach the Jersey coast [to rent] efficient apartment … enjoy hiking, beach and pool and we will take our food with us. We will drive so we can easily bring everything. “

Dr. Sharon Nachman said consideration of her family’s summer plans to travel to the Jersey Shore “so we can easily return in an emergency.”

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“By bringing our own food, we have reduced the need to go to areas that may be crowded or unsafe. By looking at locations where various outdoor activities have taken place, we can get the fresh air and sun we have been missing for the past few months.”

“[My children] they were all vaccinated, but our grandchildren were not. With careful planning, we plan to visit and play with them this summer. “

—Dr. Sharon Nachman, head of the Department of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital

Travel plans are undecided

“I don’t have any concrete plans yet. I live in California and maybe a few days I’ll visit local destinations near driving with my wife just for vacation. Maybe we’ll decide to fly to Hawaii. Hawaii requires testing Before departure and on arrival. My husband and I are well grown. and we’re both vaccinated now, and that’s partly why we’re comfortable with the idea of ​​considering home travel at this point. We’ll definitely mask and wear eye protection during the trip. “

For longer flights, etc. Supriya Narasimhan said she would consider booking a ticket for business class because “the empty middle seat no longer exists, flight operators fly fewer trips, and many are quite full.”

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“International travel is a completely different consideration. In the summer we would like to visit family in India because we haven’t seen them in the last 18 months but India is experiencing a wave. … people don’t disguise themselves reliably on flights and at that time empty middle seats is [in the] past, so contracting Covid during the trip is a very real risk, which is complicated by the emergence of new variants. “

“According to my institution’s experience, Covid after vaccination is rare and we still haven’t seen a difficult case after vaccination. I believe in our vaccines, but I will do my part to further reduce my risk by diligent masking when I’m around another.”

—Dr. Supriya Narasimhan, head of infectious diseases at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

They certainly travel, but only domestic

“My wife and I will travel by plane to visit relatives on the East Coast. We will wear masks and be aware of maintaining social distance across the terminal, as well as while on board.”

“Both my wife and I are fully vaccinated, as is the family we will be visiting. The introduction of the vaccine and the impact on state testing before and after travel and quarantine after travel [were] crucial to our plans. If quarantine requirements still existed, we would postpone the trip until they are lifted – not for fear of infection, but only for practical implications. “

Dr. Charles Bailey said he plans to clean surfaces on his flight, including the handles and seat controls, a drawer table and the “lip” of the seat pocket.

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“If our travel plans included young children who had not yet been fully vaccinated, we would consider the CDC’s recommendation for pre- and post-travel testing, as well as the possible implications of the post-travel quarantine period for return to -school dates. any demands or expectations from the schools they would return to in the fall would be a reasonable idea. “

—Dr. Charles Bailey, Medical Director for Infection Prevention at Providence St. Joseph and Mission Hospital Providence

Going abroad this summer

“Like many Americans, my family also plans to travel this summer. This summer, four members of our family would like to travel to Lima, Peru and embark on a journey to discover the many pleasures of this country, including the historic Machu Picchu. Seventy-two hours ago Upon boarding the plane, we will receive a PCR Covid-19 test to protect ourselves and others. ”

“Airport and mass transit is expected to be more congested than last year. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that all passengers be vaccinated. As health care providers, my wife and I are fully vaccinated, and our [adult] children will be vaccinated before our travel activities. “

“It’s important before you make the trip to any destination you explore … the infectivity rate … should be less than 5%.”

“Data can change quickly, and it’s important to follow local government guidelines and recommendations.”

—Dr. Ramon Tallaj, chairman of the board of the New York community Somos Care

Editor’s note: Peru is currently under CDV’s Level 4 Covid advisory trip. According to the CDC website, travelers should avoid traveling to Peru.