10 ways to avoid coronavirus during your holiday road trip

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By Sandee LaMotte | CNN

“Are we there yet?”

You don’t have to be a kid to wish the car ride home for the holidays would speed up. But if there was ever a time to stop, look and proceed with caution, it’s 2020, the year of a pandemic that’s claimed nearly 1.4 million lives globally, including more than a quarter of a million people in the United States.

Car travel comes with its own dangers — statistics show someone dies in a car crash every 24 seconds. Add on the worry of contracting a deadly virus that’s skyrocketing in many US states and countries across the globe, and it’s easy to see why experts say spending the holidays at home with our “bubble” of close friends and family is the safest route for everyone.

“My family will not be together this year for the first time in 27 years. It’ll be me and my wife in our bubble, and we’ll have a nice Zoom gathering, I suspect, to see how everybody is doing,” Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Tuesday.

The surge of new Covid-19 infections and hospitalizations in the United States is “substantially steeper than anything we saw back in the spring with New York and New Jersey or in the summer with the Southeast,” Collins said.

“This is significantly worse. It’s moving faster. It is basically putting everybody in the country at risk,” he said. “People need to be deciding right about now, if they haven’t already, how are they going to keep themselves and their families safe at this time of great peril.”

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But if you must travel, and some 48 million Americans are expected to hit the road for Thanksgiving this year, here are 10 tips to protect you and your family from Covid-19 along the way.

1. Weigh the decision to travel

Don’t travel if you are sick or if you have been around someone with Covid-19 in the past 14 days, warns the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and don’t travel with someone who is sick.

To be sure you’re not sick and taking the virus along with you to your loved ones, quarantine with your family or traveling companions for two weeks — that’s the typical amount of time it takes for the virus to replicate and subside, even if you have no symptoms.

Stay on top of the rate of virus transmission at your destination — cases are spiking across the country. You can do that at the county level at the Covid-Lab at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia or at Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center.

“The more cases at your destination, the more likely you are to get infected during travel and spread the virus to others when you return,” the CDC says.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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