Should I stay or should I go? People agonize over holiday travel plans

As the pandemic continues, new variants will emerge, forcing people to balance the need for in-person contact with the risk of infection, said Bernadette Boden-Albala, [MPH, DrPH, and] the founding dean of the Program in Public Health at UC Irvine. … “We have to balance out family and friends and mental health. We’re all just going to have to be more careful engaging in those activities.” … In assessing their risk, travelers should consider factors including their health status, their mode of transportation and whether the people they’re visiting have preexisting conditions, Boden-Albala said.