As infection rates continue to rise, many are wondering if traveling is safe

Hanan Negash, Journalist

As infection rates continue to rise, many are wondering if traveling is safe. With more than 26 million confirmed cases and nearly 500,000 deaths, millions of people are still traveling.

Your chances of getting COVID-19while traveling depends on whether you and the people around you take precautions, such as wearing a mask at all times, and distancing 6-feet apart from others. There are many places where travelers might get exposed to the virus like: airports, bus stations, and train stations. These places are also hard to keep the 6-feet distance because so many people are there at the same time and the chances are much higher. Additionally, if you are traveling around a person with covid-19, even if they don’t have symptoms, you have a higher chance of getting infected.

CDC is requiring passengers coming into the United States, including U.S citizens, to have a negative Covid test results before they board on a flight. Testing before and after boarding can decrease the chances of spreading the virus. If your test results came back positive you should immediately cancel your flight and quarantine. Taking a covid test isn’t going to stop you from catching the virus, so  you need to follow all guidelines in airports and planes to ensure that you are traveling safely. 

Experts don’t exactly know how risky flying is; however, planes are taking extra safety measures to ensure that it is safe. Planes already had a built in safety-measure when it comes to spreading viruses: air filtration and ventilation systems. Air quality experts recommend that air filters must be constantly changed. Most airlines change them around seven or more times per hour. Also, airlines have a special kind of airflow that keeps passenger droplets from levitating around the cabin, making it hard for the virus to spread around.

As expressed, planes can be safe but that doesn’t mean you still can’t get exposed to Covid. “When traveling wear a mask for the duration of your trip and at your destination. Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation…” (cdc.gov). If you are traveling it’s best to stay safe and take precautions . If you have to travel CDC suggests you travel longer trips by car with few stops, rather than flights with many stops. During these times it is recommended that you stay home and not travel if it is not necessary.