The “triple” holiday: How to fly safer (Tip: Wear a mask)

The “triple” holiday: How to fly safer (Tip: Wear a mask)

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Bernard Cummins, medical director of infection prevention at Mount Sinai Health System, and Aaron Millstone, pediatric infectious disease specialist at Johns Hopkins Children’s Centerboth said it’s “never too late” to get an updated Covid booster.

“Most data suggest that a full immune response to a vaccine dose can take 14 days, but some of our early data suggests that people can generate an antibody response in a few days,” Dr Millstone said. “You may be more protected after a few weeks, but there may be some benefit as soon as a few days, so get yourself an early holiday gift by getting a boost.”

Dr. Kemins said that because there is not much data on this aspect of boosters, it is possible that the booster will reach efficacy before the 14-day window. And, he said, with vaccines in abundance, it’s easy to get jabbed quickly. “If you make an appointment today, it will work,” he said.

Experts suggest you think about why you are traveling and perhaps take extra precautions. “We’re at a point where, for most people, these diseases are not a personal threat if you’re healthy. At the same time, during the holidays we often get together with family and visit more vulnerable people and especially older family members,” said Dr. Marr.

Dr. Marr’s nuclear family will be spending the holidays with her elderly parents, so in an effort to minimize the chances of any disease spreading among them, her family will be taking extra precautions, such as not visiting crowded indoor spaces before the trip you are

“We probably won’t go to restaurants the week before, just to minimize our chances of catching a virus and bringing it to them,” she said.

Influenza and seasonal respiratory viruses like RSV also spread more easily through contaminated objects and hands, “so hand hygiene and cleaning/disinfecting high-touch surfaces is an important strategy,” Dr. Popescu said. “Also, a good reminder to avoid touching your face.”

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