While the coronavirus swept the country, Americans decided to stay home for Thanksgiving and Christmas last year. Things have changed dramatically since the outbreak of the COVID pandemic began. This year’s travel and social gatherings are safer than they would have been in 2020, as millions of people have been vaccinated. However, even if you’ve been vaccinated against COVID, there are still risks associated with traveling during the outbreak.
Holidays During COVID-19
Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, believes that the current pandemic in the United States has both positive and negative aspects. According to the New York Times, there is still a lot of work to deal with complicated factors like vaccination rates, contagious virus variants, and diminishing immunity.
In an interview with the New York Times podcast “The Daily,” White House COVID-19 adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci discussed the current status of the coronavirus in the United States on November 12. Several months after the initial vaccination, Fauci says that some waning immunity against infection and hospitalization has begun to emerge.
According to Best Life, Fauci acknowledged that this year’s holiday travel situation is vastly different from last year. It was the first time in more than 30 years that the infectious disease expert was unable to spend Christmas with his family, he said at the time. When it comes to the holidays, vaccination has greatly reduced the risk. The risk of contracting a disease while traveling or congregating increases dramatically without the proper vaccinations.
When traveling, it is still essential to know where you might encounter difficulties. The whole process of traveling and interacting and mingling with people, according to Fauci, currently poses the greatest threat. The infectious disease expert was surprised to find out that flying isn’t all that dangerous. This is probably because the air in airplane cabins is heavily filtered and typically safer than most indoor environments.
According to Best Life, Dr. Fauci cited data from Israel, which he said typically leads the United States a month or so in outbreaks. A weakened immune system makes people more susceptible to illness, hospitalization, and death across the lifespan. Breakthrough infections are becoming more common, and more and more people are ending up in the hospital as a result.
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