How Will Relaxed COVID Guidelines Affect Your Next Trip?

About two and a half years into the pandemic, you might be wearing masks less often and traveling more often than you did last year. Most countries have lifted the restrictions that prevented international travel.

In an August brief, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the pandemic has moved into “a different phase,” pointing to lower disease severity. The CDC also released newly relaxed guidelines that may have a big impact on how people think about the health risks related to travel.

“There is generally less risk of severe illness as a result of COVID-19 due to the resources we have available to reduce symptoms, like vaccinations, medications, and boosters,” says Dr. Janice Johnston, chief medical officer and co-founder of Redirect Health, a health care company offering an alternative to insurance.

So does that mean you can go back to traveling like you used to, with no worries about COVID-19? Only you can assess your risk tolerance, and it likely depends on…

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This article was written by Sally French and originally published on