The U.S. is entering its second winter holiday season during the COVID-19 pandemic. The conditions for dealing with COVID-19 are better this year compared with 2020.
The Omicron variant is spreading rapidly throughout the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) emphasizes that it’s best to delay travel until you’re fully vaccinated. Getting tested for COVID-19 before and after gathering with people from other households, can help keep you and your loved ones safe.
Plan Early to Secure a Test
There are numerous ways to get tested for COVID-19. You can visit a doctor’s office or clinic to get an antigen or PCR test, purchase at-home testing kits at pharmacies, and mail-order rapid tests online.
Be aware that some pharmacies may experience shortages of rapid tests as demand increases around the holidays.
Other Considerations For Safe Travel and Gatherings
In addition to testing, you can wear a well-fitting face mask, opt for outdoor gatherings or well-ventilated spaces, and maintain social distance in public areas.
If you plan to travel or gather with members of other households, consider creating a testing plan. Check with your health providers or local health department for information on where to get rapid and PCR tests near you.
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