This time last year, deciding whether to go to visit relatives, or even go to the shop - let alone hop a flight — seemed like a mind-bending puzzle. This is December, we are having an easier time making the choice to travel.
Whenever possible, travellers are recommended to get vaccinated against or tested for COVID-19 before travelling.
You are less likely to get or spread COVID-19, you are at a higher risk of exposure to virus variants. The vaccines are only 90 or 95 percent effective. Avoid places where the vaccination rate is low or where the COVID-19 numbers are high or rising.
If you are traveling out of the country, you might also need vaccinations or medicines to prevent specific illnesses. Which ones you need will depend on what part of the world you're visiting, this time of year. Foreign travel is generally easier for people who have been fully vaccinated. Although usually not a mandatory entry requirement, especially for essential trips, vaccinated passengers may be exempt from entry restrictions such as pre-departure testing and quarantine.
There are two different types of tests used to detect COVID-19. One is the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, which looks for traces of the virus’s genetic material and is sensitive enough to detect infection in its earliest stage. These tests are available at dedicated COVID-19 testing sites, hospitals, doctor’s offices, and the like, with samples sent to a lab that typically provides results in one to several days.
The other main kind of diagnostic test is an antigen test, also known as a rapid test, which detects the presence of a specific molecule that implies a current viral infection but does not document it directly, making it a bit less accurate. Results are available within minutes, which is why this is the type of test used at home.
This year, many parts of the world are fully reopening, but certain activities will be safer than others. While you can do much more than you could last year, you might want to hold off on certain dicey choices.
To be safe, keep a safe distance from others, wash your hands frequently, and wear a well-fitting mask while you’re flying or taking public transportation, even if you’re vaccinated.
At Zuri health, we know meeting your loved ones during this festive season is imperative. We understand it matters to take the necessary precautions. You can easily book a COVID-19 test via the app, and get results within 6 hours at the comfort of your home.
Travelling soon for the festive season? Book a test today!