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Our Tripped Up column, which solutions questions on journey, gave one among our readers this recommendation about her plans to hop on a flight to see her grandchildren after her second vaccine shot, and what health and safety precautions she still needs to take.

Is it secure to journey by subway, prepare, bus or aircraft after I’ve been vaccinated? What are the correct protocols for shielding others?

Even earlier than the vaccines arrived, mass transit was not often labeled by well being officers with blanket phrases like “secure” or “unsafe.” Research performed over the summer season prompt that when sure standards are met, subways are safer, from a viral-transmission standpoint, than one would possibly assume. A trove of latest analysis signifies that the prospect of contracting the coronavirus whereas flying is low. For trains and planes alike, the main focus is — and can proceed to be — concrete, actionable measures that mitigate danger, like high-efficiency air filtration, enhanced disinfection, masks necessities, social distancing and capability limits.

The essential protocols for shielding others (masks, distancing, hand-washing) haven’t modified.

“I do know it’s irritating, particularly for grandparents, as a result of it nearly feels just like the purpose posts have been moved once more,” Dr. Keri N. Althoff, an affiliate professor of epidemiology on the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Faculty of Public Well being, stated. “However we’ve at all times stated that you simply can’t simply rip your masks off and run round prefer it’s 2019 when you’re vaccinated. We’ve all realized not solely how necessary our particular person well being is, but additionally how interconnected we’re.”

That’s it for this briefing. See you subsequent time.

— Melina

Carole Landry helped write this briefing. Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh supplied the break from the information. You may attain the staff at [email protected].

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