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Published on March 28, 2022

4 Spring Break Travel Tips

Photo of palm trees on a beach with a sunset over the ocean“As the weather warms up and COVID-19 travel restrictions lessen, many people are looking forward to getting out for Spring Break. To keep your families safe while traveling, continue to practice the tips that have been highlighted throughout the pandemic,” says Michelle Tsz Shan Choi DO, PIH Health family medicine.

Here are four tips for you and your family to keep in mind while traveling for Spring Break:

  1. Wear a mask. The easiest way to prevent germs from spreading is to wear a mask over your mouth and nose when in public places. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), wear a mask indoors if you are two or older and are not up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccines. Generally, people do not need to wear a mask in outdoor settings, however some may decide to wear one when in close proximity to others. In the United States and other countries, it is required to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status, in areas like hospitals and on public transportation. It is best to look up visitation guidelines for the areas you will be traveling to online. To find our healthcare organization’s visiting guidelines and mask policy, visit PIHHealth.org/COVID.
  2. Wash your hands regularly. Even before COVID-19, hand washing has been the easiest way to avoid getting sick and to prevent germs from spreading. Doctors recommend for children and adults to wash their hands frequently—and correctly. Tiny bacteria latch on to the surface of our skin, and when in public areas, the amount of bacteria increases. If soap and water are not available, it is okay to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  3. Avoid touching your face. Did you know the average person touches their face about 23 times per hour? To help prevent germs from entering your body, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, especially when your hands are dirty after being in a public setting. These areas on your face are entry ways for germs that cause respiratory infections, including COVID-19, flu or pneumonia. If your hands do get dirty, make sure to wash them or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  4. Get your vaccines. Vaccines can lower your chances of getting infected by certain diseases and suffering from their complications. It is the safest way to protect your health and the side effects felt after receiving a vaccine, are usually mild and go away within a few days. Before setting off for Spring Break, make sure you and your family are up-to-date with flu and COVID-19 vaccines. It is best to give yourself two weeks after receiving full doses, for proper immunization.

While getting out and about for Spring Break is at the top of our minds, please remember these tips during travel. As your communities’ health and wellness partners here at PIH Health, we hope you stay safe and have fun!

Talk to your doctor about getting up-to-date with your flu and COVID-19 vaccines, or visit myturn.ca.gov to schedule an appointment.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.