COVID-19 Safety Update: Should I Fly or Travel This Year?

March 1, 2022

Many people have become complacent in practicing the CDC safety guidelines that are intended to keep the public safe by slowing the spread of the virus. Now it is more important than ever to practice COVID-19 safety guidelines to protect yourself and your family.

Millions of people across the globe travel every year during peak holiday and vacation season, as well as for work. Many people are questioning their travel plans and wondering if flying is a safe method of travel this year? What precautions should be taken if you decide to travel? 

The Threat of Omicron

Omicron is the latest variant of the COVID-19 virus. This strain of the virus has changed significantly, with over 50 mutations, and transmitting across the globe at an alarming rate. This increased rate of transmission is a threat to an already burdened healthcare system.

Get Fully Vaccinated

The threat of this new variant is concerning because 30 of these mutations are in the spike protein of the virus. This is the part of the virus the vaccine fights against. This is why it is more important than ever to get fully vaccinated, including your booster when you are eligible. Vaccination decreases the risk of contracting the virus and suffering serious complications in the event that you do get sick.

High-Risk Locations

Certain areas are seeing increased rates of virus transmission and it is important to be aware of this before traveling. Look online for specific statistics for your destination regarding the number of COVID-19 cases in the population. Be extra cautious if traveling to a high-risk area.

Adhere to CDC Guidelines

Always adhere to CDC guidelines, especially if flying this season. This includes regular sanitation, masking up, and getting tested before and after your travels.

Get Tested Before Flying

It is required to have a negative COVID-19 test before you get onto a flight. This is an important part of keeping yourself and everyone around you safe during your travels. Public health officials also recommend getting tested when you return home. COVID-19 has advanced to provide rapid results in the same day.

Urgent Care Centers Offer Same Day COVID-19 Testing

Stop by your local Urgent Care Center today to get your pre-flight test for COVID-19. It is also recommended that you get tested when returning from your travels to ensure that you did not contract the virus. Urgent Care offers same-day results, providing you with peace of mind, and helping you do your part in limiting viral transmission as the pandemic winds down.

Contact Urgent Care today for more information about their fast, affordable medical services that are available when you need them most. Book online today at a nearby urgent care center for same-day COVID testing.

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