Special Report

20 Rules to Make Holiday Travel Safer

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6. Ensure that everyone is tested

If someone in your holiday plans is at high risk for serious health effects if infected, ask everyone attending an event with them to be tested. A rapid test is not 100% accurate, but it’s a useful preliminary safeguard, especially if you’ll be with people over 65, the group with the most COVID-19 deaths.

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7. Wear an N-95 mask

These masks filter out many more particles than any other available mask type.

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8. Drive, if you can

A recent study from Harvard showed that three locations have particular risks of infections for those who fly: boarding, cruising, and deplaning – that is, most of the flying experience. Drive instead if possible.

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9. Find out everyone’s vaccination status

Remember that only 61% of all Americans are fully vaccinated. There is always a chance that someone at a holiday event with you has not been. It is OK to ask.

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10. It remains safer to eat outside

This is easier in states that do not have cold winters, but many restaurants have heated outdoor seating. It is a less risky choice than dining inside.