Traveling has always come with complications, but the coronavirus pandemic has made it more challenging than ever. Our By The Way Concierge column will take your travel dilemmas to the experts to help you navigate the new normal. Want to see your question answered? Submit it here.
“My partner, her sister and I are planning to drive from Massachusetts to Sacramento to spend the winter (6-8 weeks) with their mother (she’s in her 50s). They both get tested for covid-19 at least once a week by their graduate programs, and we’ll be taking all the proper precautions during the five-day drive, but we’re still concerned that we’re being irresponsible.” — Jacob
Your plan is definitely on brand for 2020 — more people opted for the Great American Road Trip this year when traveling. While air travel has dropped significantly since March, AAA estimated that car trips have only dipped slightly. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging everyone to reconsider winter travel to slow the spread of the coronavirus — whether you are going by car, plane, train or bus.
I took your question to fellow Bay Stater Nahid Bhadelia, an infectious-diseases physician and the medical director of the special pathogens unit at the Boston University School of Medicine.
“I really wouldn’t travel right now,” she says. “My concern is that we’re at the beginning of the [coronavirus case] increases from Thanksgiving travel, and