How to travel safely in the midst of the wave of Delta variants

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Planning on leaving your house this summer? The lifted restrictions mean people are planning to travel, but there are a few things you need to know about the Delta variant and how it can affect your travel plans. Experts say this new variant of SARS-CoV-2 is of great concern, and especially for those who are not vaccinated.

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If you plan to leave the country

If you plan to travel outside of the United States, countries may impose their own entry requirements. The European Union announced on June 18 that the United States would be added to its “safe list” and allow vaccinated and unvaccinated American travelers to enter its 27 member states. Visitors must provide proof of vaccination or a negative coronavirus test.

“If you go out this summer, the chances of you encountering the Delta variant, in the United States, Europe, or other parts of the world, are pretty high,” said Jennifer Nuzzo, epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins. Bloomberg School of Public Health, told the New York Times.

The CDC has a Global Variants Map that shows the countries where different variants have been identified if you plan to travel beyond the U.S. borders. It also lists the level of risk by country. The New York Times also reported that you can check online the websites of the National Department of Health for the country you plan to visit.

To improve your chances of not getting infected, Dr Nuzzo recommends following safety guidelines like wearing a mask, social distancing, and avoiding crowded or poorly ventilated indoor spaces.

If you are not vaccinated

The virus poses an even greater risk to unvaccinated Americans. Dr Nuzzo told The New York Times that she does not advise unvaccinated people to travel during a time of increased spread. Dr Ashish Jha, dean of the School of Public Health at Brown University, added that travelers can wear masks or social distancing when traveling, “but if you’re going on vacation this summer, it’s a less fun way to go on vacation, ā€¯according to The New York Times.

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Dr Nuzzo and Dr Jha recommend anyone wishing to travel to get vaccinated for an extra layer of protection against the virus. As for children, those 12 and older can get the vaccine, however, children under 12 should follow mask-wearing and social distancing rules.

Variants are expected to occur because viruses are constantly changing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Restrictions and regulations can change at any time which can impact your travel plans at the last minute.

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