CDC Says "Now is Not the Time" to Travel
Now that you are vaccinated, can you start traveling again? This seems to be one of the biggest questions the American public has been asking since vaccination efforts have been underway. At Monday's White House COVID-19 Response Team Briefing, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offered some insight, explaining why now is not the time to hop on a plane. Read on to find out why—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Now is Not the Time to Travel, Says the CDC Chief. Cases are Rising.
The question seemed to stem from recent photos of spring breakers partying in Florida, with Andy Slavitt, White House senior advisor on the COVID-19 response, pointing out that many travelers probably haven't been vaccinated yet. "I don't think what I saw down in Miami, it didn't look like a whole bunch of vaccinated people, but I could be wrong," he stated, before turning the question over to Dr. Walensky.
"As we've articulated before, CDC is working on updated guidance for what you can do, if you're vaccinated, then that will include travel," she revealed before going back to Slavitt's comments. "Much of the travel we know is related to people who are going on spring break," she confirmed. "For the most part, people who go on spring break are not the demographic that we've been focusing in on travel."
It also isn't the flying that is concerning to her. "We are worried not just for what happens when you are on the airplane itself, but what happens when people travel— that as they go out, they mix, they mix with people who are not vaccinated," she pointed out, using European countries who have experienced a "rapid uptake of cases again" as an example. She noted that it "is very possible that that could happen" in the United States. "We've seen that. We're behind the eight ball when that starts to happen. And that results in uptake of cases, hospitalizations, and then death," she continued.
Therefore, Walensky hopes people will pause their travel plans for just a little while longer. "We're so close to vaccinating so many more people, so I would just encourage people and remind people now is not the time to travel," she concluded.
How to Stay Safe During This Pandemic—Vaccinated or Not
So follow Dr. Anthony Fauci's fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.