AURORA, Colo. (KDVR) – Now that the omicron variant has been detected in the US, some people are wondering if they need to change their travel or holiday gathering plans.
Tracey Dunlap said: “I was driving down to Sante Fe for Christmas. But the Denver woman says she could change her mind if omicrons become riskier.
“If there’s a lot of omicrons that pop up all of a sudden, I might reconsider,” says Dunlap.
Right now, doctors say there’s no need to change your vacation plans due to omicrons.
“It’s too early to know what this will do, but it shouldn’t change your plans for the holiday,” said Dr Michelle Barron, senior medical director for infection prevention at UCHealth.
Barron says to apply all the same precautions taken for delta variation to this new variant and move on. Continue to wash your hands, wear masks, keep social distance, and vaccinate and promote health.
Dr. James Neid, director of infection prevention at Aurora Medical Center, agrees.
“There is still a lot of COVID out there, and taking the proper precautions hasn’t really changed. You should be immunized, and even so, you should continue to protect those around you who may or may not be immunized,” Dr. Neid said.
More studies are currently underway to determine the transmissibility of the omicron variant, the severity of the disease, and how effective a vaccine is against it. Those results will be available in about two weeks and can inform any travel decisions.
This week, the World Health Organization said that people who are not vaccinated, or have previously had COVID, and are at risk of severe infection, including those over 60 years of age, should postpone travel to areas with community transmission.
If you are traveling abroad, there are other factors to consider. “It is very difficult to predict if there will be more cases, more travel bans, more travel restrictions, so that can be a risk if you are traveling,” said Dr Neid. international.
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