UCSF health expert explains how to stay COVID-19 safe on summer vacation

It's officially summer! For those anxious to take their long-awaited summer vacation, a UCSF health expert has a few helpful tips to ensure the trip is COVID-19 safe.
It's officially summer! For those anxious to take their long-awaited summer vacation, a UCSF health expert has a few helpful tips to ensure the trip is COVID-19 safe. Photo credit Getty Images

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS RADIO) – It's officially summer! For those anxious to take their long-awaited summer vacation, a UCSF health expert has a few helpful tips to ensure the trip is COVID-19 safe.

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Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Regional Campuses at UCSF, told KCBS Radio's "Ask An Expert" COVID-19 safety can be just as simple as packing your suitcase before your flight.

"I think it's really about who you are and knowing if you are up to date on being as protected as possible from before you leave. So, just like you prepare your suitcase before you go on your trip, I think having a COVID checklist — a mild COVID checklist not a crazy one — is a good idea," he said.

The most important box to check is to be fully vaccinated and boosted before take off. Even getting one shot before a trip would be beneficial, Chin-Hong said, acknowledging that for children six months and up, who were recently approved for the shot, it may be more difficult to squeeze in a vaccination before an upcoming vacation.

For people who have received both vaccination shots, Chin-Hong urged them to receive their booster. "I think the main thing for vaccines is to get at least one booster. It's really the most important thing, we've been seeing more deaths in people without boosting during omicron," he advised.

To stay safe while traveling, Chin-Hong provided a few helpful pointers. "Carrying a mask like an umbrella, carrying a few extra tests, having a Paxlovid plan — if you were traveling in the U.S. and you needed to get Paxlovid, where you're going to get it, who's going to write you the prescription — all those things you can prepare before you go on your trip," he said.

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