Will rising COVID cases and new omicron sub-variants affect summer travel?

With the rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, and the emergence of new omicron sub-options, should you consider changing your summer plans?

Lead news: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cases of COVID-19 in the United States are about five times higher than at the same time last year.

What they say: Asked if Americans should cancel their summer travel plans, CNN medical analyst Dr. Leana Wen said, “Not necessarily.”

  • Wen said there are several factors travelers can consider when making plans, including their individual medical risk, whether they have recently been infected with COVID-19, and whether they have a travel plan in place in case they become infected, according to CNN.

Dr. Tim Lahey, an infectious disease expert at UVM Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont, is hesitant to travel this summer, saying earlier this year, “…part of me is tempted to say don’t make plans. And the other part of me was kind of saying, “Hey, live your life. We cannot live in a box for the rest of our lives,” reports WCAX-TV.

  • Lahey went on to say that the past summers have prepared us, saying, “I think the last couple of years have taught us to expect uncertainty, but also figure out how to work around it,” according to WCAX-TV.
  • In a survey conducted by Forbes last month, 50% of travelers surveyed said COVID-19 had affected their summer plans in some way.
  • Details: International travel may increase the risk of exposure to new micromicrobial sub-variants of COVID-19 BA.4 and BA.5, as they have been found in more than 10 countries, including the US, according to Deseret News.
  • However, in April, airlines stopped requiring face masks, according to USA Today.

bottom line: While many travel restrictions were lifted last year, it’s important to keep all of the safety and health risks in mind when planning to travel this summer.

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