This question has no conclusive answer; only grey areas that must be clarified on a case-by-case basis.
Many people believed that 2021 would be the year of conclusive answers, as a vaccine, or multiple vaccines, would arrive on the scene, and that answers to travel questions would be cut and dry. As it turns out, any concerns about whether or not traveling would be healthy this year aren’t black-and-white, and there’s a lot of gray ground that many people can think about.
First and foremost, what exactly does it mean to fly “safely?” Prior to the pandemic, this meant that a person could book a flight, cruise trip, train ride, or whatever they wanted and be certain that they would be safe because all general safety procedures, such as mechanics, seatbelts, and lifeboats, were up to code. However, after the outbreak, our understanding of “security” has shifted dramatically. We’re no longer worried about the plane’s engines or the effectiveness of the seatbelts; instead, we’re concerned about whether or not the individual two seats over has passed a COVID-19 inspection. We’re worried about the possibility of being stranded on a ship with passengers who refuse to wear masks. We’re worried about whether traveling long distances is better than taking public transportation, and whether the hotel can follow proper procedures once we arrive.
Is it safe to fly now, given the new level of awareness?
In a sentence, the answer is no… but only for a small chosen number of people
To say the least, it’s not an easy answer. Now that vaccines are available, it is true that those who have been vaccinated are better than those that have not. Yes, the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, with 95 percent and 94 percent efficacy, respectively, would provide enough security to allow an individual to travel and be in circumstances where the average person would not be safe. However, the issue with this is that one person’s vaccine does not protect others. Even if an individual has been vaccinated, has received both parts I and II of the vaccines, and has waited the required number of days to build up immunity, they can still carry the virus and spread it to others. Wearing a mask is also necessary at this stage, because although the vaccinated might be safer, they are not immune to the virus. So, yeah, travel is better for those who have been vaccinated. The answer is more certain for those who have not yet been vaccinated. Potential travelers that have not yet been vaccinated should delay travel as a precaution. As certain parts of the world will begin to see antibiotic resistance, which means that the majority of the population is immune to the virus due to infection or vaccination, this does not mean that the threat level is low. According to Forbes, those who have been vaccinated are the only ones who can take advantage of any current travel offers because they have been “safeguarded” in some way.
Those without vaccines, on the other hand, are far more likely to get sick if they try to take advantage of the same travel offers, particularly with new strains of the virus that are much more infectious and infect people faster. Indeed, while those who have been vaccinated seek to broaden their horizons, it is much more important for those who have not been vaccinated to remain vigilant – for their own and others’ protection.
When Will It Be Safe For Everybody, Or At Least For The Most Part?
As aggravating as it is, there is still no definite response as to when it would be safe to return to the activities we once enjoyed. While we are certain that we will be able to do them again, the timetable is currently unclear. There are a lot of variables that revolve around the federal and state governments when it comes to vaccines, how many are available, how much money is spent on them, Many of these issues, as well as how efficiently they’re administered, are currently being worked on. However, Forbes claims that the provisional release date is August at the earliest.
Since there are no guarantees surrounding its confirmation, this timetable should be written in pencil, just as one would pencil-in ambiguous plans. This date has been set in accordance with the current path we’re on. So, what can you do to make this track more straightforward? Wearing a mask, keeping a safe distance from others, and not traveling if you haven’t been vaccinated – and, if you have, following the CDC’s advice to help others.