TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The CDC is changing its message on vacation travel after first declaring that the safest way to celebrate this year is virtual.
The agency has removed this directive from its website.
The CDC says COVID-19 cases are declining in the United States. Moffit Cancer Center infectious disease physician Dr John Greene says while there is, there are still concerns.
“Last year at the Christmas gatherings there was an upsurge, is it going to happen again,” Dr Greene said. “(But) I think telling people after a year of last year to do virtually everything will be very unpopular.”
Dr Greene adds that during the holiday season, winter viruses increase. He says healthcare leaders need to strike a balance between what’s reasonable and doable, but also safe without going overboard on recommendations.
“I think there will be some tips to make you feel safe, but I don’t think they will get very strict, like virtual only,” Dr Greene said.
Jeremiah Montano says he’s safe to travel this holiday season. He says last year it was more difficult to see his family.
“I had family members who were taking precautions and they were serious about the situation,” Montano said.
Montano is willing to take all the risks, but he understands the CDC’s initial advice.
“I think that’s the right thing to say in the sense that they’re trying to protect the public,” Montano said. “I think as long as people are smart, take precautions, wear a mask and get vaccinated, I hope we can get back to normal.”