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Something is bugging me, and I have to get it off my chest.
Why is travel the scapegoat for Covid spread? Why is travel viewed as the evil, selfish thing to do during the pandemic when other riskier activities get a pass?
Let me explain. I’m in several local social media groups for moms. While the groups can have drama, I learn things from other members, and the good outweighs the bad.
Recently, a mom asked for some ideas for a spring break trip (check out my recent post on less-risky spring break travel ideas). Half of the responses to her question were quite snippy. “Um, we’re in a pandemic. You shouldn’t be traveling anywhere.” But in the same day, other people ask questions about where to have a baby shower or birthday party, and they aren’t met with the same condemnation.
On a similar note, before I can enter my kids’ dentist office, I have to answer a few questions.
Have you had any Covid symptoms in the past week?
Have you been exposed to anyone with Covid?
Have you traveled anywhere in the past two weeks?
But where are these questions:
Have you dined in an indoor restaurant in the past week?
Have you attended an indoor gathering with more than your immediate family?
Have you been to a public indoor place unmasked?
I’ve never been asked those questions, only the questions about symptoms and travel have come up.
Going out to dinner is supporting local businesses, and attending a wedding is supporting family members. But travel? It’s unnecessary, so says the court of public opinion.
What the Experts Say
The Texas Medical Association Covid-19 Task Force ranked activities from 1-10 based on risk.
Traveling by plane is listed as 5 out of 10. It’s not without risk, but it’s also not among the riskiest activities for Covid spread. Even the CDC says, “Most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on flights because of how air is circulated and filtered on airplanes.”
Obviously, I am biased towards travel. I love to travel, and my business is all about travel. So, I tend to see travel in a more favorable light.
I admit that many times travel can go hand-in-hand with other risky activities. For example, people just traveled to Tampa to gather on an extremely crowded street before the big game. Or, some people fly across the country to attend a wedding. The flight isn’t the risky part, it’s the activities people do once they get to their destination.
But what about those of us who want to travel and also remain safe and distant at our destination? My family is going to a remote island to a stand-alone house with its own pool. How much more distanced can we get? Yet, we’re the irresponsible ones who will be shamed on social media?
Have you seen travel take the blame while other risky activities get a pass in your area?
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Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.