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10TV: What You Need to Know About Travel as COVID-19 Restrictions Ease

The weather getting warmer means that spring break is here or right around the corner for many.  With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations down statewide and more people getting vaccinated, is it now safe to head out of town for a getaway?

10TV's Karina Nova recently interviewed Joe Gastaldo, MD, OhioHealth system medical director of infectious diseases, about traveling during this time.  Dr. Gastaldo told 10TV that he thinks traveling is okay if done safely - even better if you've been vaccinated. 

"Some people need to travel for their resiliency. We have to get away from this COVID shaming. If people travel and they do it in a safe way, I think that is appropriate," Dr. Gastaldo told 10TV.

Dr. Gastaldo said traveling in a car with people in your household is a low risk way to travel.  And, believe it or not, airplanes are also pretty low risk.

"There's a constant circulation of fresh air from outside in an airplane. So airplanes are safe in the setting of other guidelines like wearing a mask," Dr. Gastaldo told 10TV.  

While traveling, it's important to wear your mask, wash and sanitize your hands frequently and avoid crowds - especially in places like the airport.

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