IF you plan on traveling this holiday season, there are some tips to staying safe and some facts you should know to make yourself feel better.
According to the CDC, all commercial jetliners are equipped with HEPA filters that can block 99.7% of airborne microbes. Cabin air is circulated vertically and refreshed every two to three minutes. And cabins are scrubbed down between flights. Be sure to wear a facemask and try to keep a social distance of six feet when possible.
If you’re traveling by car, make as few stops as you can and prepare food to take with you. Use disinfectant cloths to wipe down any surfaces you touch, such as a nozzle to fill your gas tank. And don’t forget to pack the essentials.
Google Maps is trying to keep you safe as well. The COVID overlay on Google Maps uses real-time data to show infection rates per 100,000 people for counties across the country. It's color coded to show areas with higher infection rates in gradually darker red colors.
While a growing number of countries are opening up international travel, many still have bans. Some states require you to self-quarantine for 14 days after you travel. Be sure to look into the details before you go.
Most importantly, while you’re staying safe, don’t forget to relax and enjoy the holidays.