Safety Tips for Summer Travel
As millions of Americans are vaccinated against COVID-19 and businesses resume normal activities, people are likely to plan to travel this summer.
Of those planning to travel, 74% will take a domestic trip and 13% will travel internationally. Millennials also report that they are most happy to plan trips and get back there this summer.
If you are exchanging your stay for a getaway, here are some tips to keep you as safe as possible this summer:
- Get vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you delay your trip until you can be fully vaccinated.
- Stay at home. Although Europe continues to open up to fully vaccinated American travelers, the global travel situation is in motion. Some countries close their borders again or apply strict curfews and mandates.
- Take a road trip. Traveling by car is still safer than flying because it involves less exposure for humans.
- Explore the outdoors. Outdoor activities are generally safer. Stay outdoors or visit small towns to easily distance yourself from others.
- Checking Travel Restrictions . Be flexible and continue to check state and local policies for where you are, along your route and where you are going.
- Observe the safety regulations for COVID-1
If you are not traveling this summer, you can use the holiday to reconnect with friends and family you have missed.
CDC Travel Considerations
If you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and travel within the United States, the CDC states that you do not need to be tested or quarantined after the trip. If you are traveling with young children who have not yet been vaccinated, check out these CDC recommendations.
The most important aspect of traveling is being safe and healthy. If you do not enjoy traveling this summer, you can always start planning your dream trip in 2022.
The long-term effects of COVID-19
It has been more than a year since the pandemic began, and we continue to read more about the the short-term and long-term health effects of COVID-19. Although most get better within a few weeks, some people experience long COVID-19 a wide range of symptoms that can last for weeks or months. In fact, a new study showed that almost a quarter of those who tested positive for COVID-19 sought medical treatment for new conditions at least 30 days after infection. Long COVID-19 affected men and women of all ages — including children — and even people who did not understand that they had COVID-19 in the first place.
Post-COVID-19 conditions were more prevalent in patients who had severe cases of COVID-19, but also in a significant proportion of patients whose cases lacked symptoms. Based on the study, the following people developed long COVID-19:
- 50% of patients admitted to hospital
- 5% of patients who were symptomatic but not hospital
- 19% of patients who were asymptomatic
Check common long-distance symptoms in the infographic below. If you experience unusual conditions for your health history, consult your doctor.
Which is better – caffeine or sleep?
A new study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology tested how caffeine and sleep can affect your day and overall effectiveness when completing tasks. Experts revealed that caffeine can help you stay awake if you have sleep deprivation, but it is unlikely to improve your performance on tasks.
Caffeine can help you cope with the fall of dinner, but it can not replace a good night's sleep. Sleep is needed to repair body tissue and cleanse the brain from plaque buildup. Adequate sleep is especially important for people in high-functioning work environments who work long hours, such as doctors and truck drivers. Coffee is not only a bad substitute for sleep, but overconsumption of caffeine – more than 400 mg daily – can also interfere with sleep.
Waking does not necessarily mean wakefulness. Lack of sleep impairs your ability to complete cognitive tasks that require attention. A simple rule of thumb is that you should not try to do any task while you are sleepless as you should not (or should not) try to be drunk.
We all here at CoverLink wish you continued health and safety this year!