Mayo Clinic Shares COVID-19 Travel Tips

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – As summer travel picks up, some may still wonder, “How safe have things gotten?”

“The airlines really did everything I could think of and advised them to do. They did a really good job with it,” said Dr Gregory Poland of the Mayo Clinic.

What does the future look like?

“I have discussed with some airlines the possibility of doing vaccinated-only flights. It is a doable thing that some of them are considering,” said Dr Poland.

“What’s unique about airplanes and airports is the mix of people in these environments. When these variants appear in different areas, it also adds another area of ​​complexity,” said Dr Nipunie S. Rajapakse of the Mayo Clinic.

Healthcare professionals say the Delta variant is of most concern right now, but if you’re vaccinated and you’re a normally healthy person, you should be fine.

“If you’ve had a full set of vaccinations and you’re otherwise healthy, your risk of getting severe Delta disease, your chances of getting sick are really low,” Poland said.

Poland and Rajapakse both say that if you are fully vaccinated you can travel anywhere safely. However, it is important to take note of the protocols in place at your destination.

As a reminder, the US-Canadian border remains closed to foreign nationals and non-essential travel until at least July 21.

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