Make smart decisions on summer travel as cases of the Delta Covid-19 variant increase

Karen Holling, a 47-year-old housewife in the Phoenix area, was planning to travel to Los Angeles with her mother-in-law later this month for a three-night stay. The pair began to reconsider as cases of the Delta variant increased. They are both fully vaccinated, but worried about the Covid-19 risk – and that businesses could close, preventing them from fully enjoying the trip. This week, they decided to cancel it until the number of cases improves.

“We just don’t want to take the risk,” she said. They were able to get a full refund from their hotel, she says, because they canceled with sufficient notice.

With the increase in cases of the more infectious Delta variant and even more chaotic summer travel than usual, some people have doubts about their vacations. While many people are moving forward, others are considering changing their plans – canceling, postponing, or continuing low-risk activities without canceling the entire trip.

Here are some strategies if you reconsider.

To verify number of local cases of Covid-19 and changes in restrictions

Just as many travelers check the weather forecast before their trip, they should also make a habit of checking the number of local cases of Covid-19, says Jessica Justman, infectious disease specialist and associate professor of medicine in epidemiology at Columbia. Mailman School of Public. Health. “Things certainly change from month to month, and even week to week,” she says.

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