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This Is What You Need to Know Before You Travel Now, Says CDC

Should you travel? If you do, here’s what you should do.

Everyone you know seems to be on vacation right now. So, does that mean you are safe to book your next vacation? During Monday's White House COVID-19 Response Team Briefing Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, addressed the recent uptick of travel in the United States, urging people to put off any future trips and also revealing everything you should do if you plan on taking one anyway. Read on to hear what she has to say—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Signs Your Illness is Actually Coronavirus in Disguise


Cases Are Rising 

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Dr. Walensky explained that there are a number of COVID outbreaks across the country. "I think we are seeing that many of these States are opening up at levels that we wouldn't necessarily recommend," she said. I am working with the governors. I will be speaking with them tomorrow to try and buckle down on trying to refrain from opening up too fast."


More People Are Traveling


She also pointed out that despite the fact that vaccines are being scaled up, there has been an uptick in travel. "Much more travel is happening," she confirmed. "I think people want to be done with this. As I mentioned, I too want to be done with this. The thing that's different this time is that we actually have it in our power to be done with the scale-up of vaccination. And that will be so much slower if we have another surge to deal with."


Essential Travel Only, Please

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"We have been consistently discouraging travel saying, please keep it limited to only essential travel. And what we're seeing now is more travel than we saw  throughout the pandemic, including the Christmas and New Year's holidays." She believes this is due to the fact that people perceive "a relative lull" in cases and want to "take advantage of their time of spring break." 


If You Do Travel, You Should Do This

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While she discourages travel, the CDC has a number of recommendations for anyone who opts to take a trip. "You should have a pre-travel task. You should quarantine for seven days. You should have a post travel test. And then you should monitor for symptoms between seven and 14 days," she instructs.


Surges Are Inevitable

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However, she points out that there have been surges, "after every single holiday"— July 4th, Labor Day, Christmas included—"and we're seeing the uptick of that right now," she pointed out. "I would just sort of reiterate the recommendations from CDC saying, please limit travel to essential travel for the time being."

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Do Your Part in Ending the Pandemic 

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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.

Leah Groth
Leah Groth has decades of experience covering all things health, wellness and fitness related. Read more about Leah
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