If you are wondering whether you should travel, here is some information to help guide you with your decision:
If you have travel questions please reference the CDC’s website for the most up to date information.
Please be aware that we are unable to write letters allowing you to cancel travel plans unless your child is seen and has an illness that should prevent them from traveling.
A CHECKLIST TO CONSIDER THAT CAN HELP YOU NAVIGATE WHETHER TO KEEP OR CANCEL TRAVEL PLANS:
Susan Wootton, MD, an infectious disease pediatrician at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has created a handy checklist to help you make the best choice for you and your family. If your answer matches the response to each question below, move on to the next question. If not, consider carefully whether you should travel.
To travel, or not to travel
1. Are the travelers healthy?
2. Have the travelers received flu shots?
3. Are you reasonably able to implement common preventative measures (for example: wash hands, keep hands away from face, etc.) during travel?
4. Do any of the travelers or anyone the travelers come in contact with have any underlying high-risk conditions (for example: mom, who has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)?
5. Any travel restrictions for your destination listed on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the U.S. Department of State page?
6. Is the trip a cruise (which Wootton does not recommend)?
7. Are there any major events after the trip that would be problematic if you and your travelers were quarantined for a period of time?
8. Would anxiety during travel ruin the trip for you?
9. Would your regret be unmanageable if you or a family member caught COVID-19?
If you answered NO on 1-3; and YES on 4-9 you may want to consider not traveling