As a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic looms on the horizon, travel has gone from risky to downright dangerous. To put it bluntly, some places are bad for your health. A list of the most unhealthy places to travel during the second wave of COVID-19 would sure be useful right about now.
With daily new COVID cases soaring past the 50,000 mark in the United States, this is no time for a vacation. But it’s been a long lockdown, and some people need to get away. If they do, they don’t need someone to tell them where to go — they need someone to tell them where not to go.
If you’re wondering where the most unhealthy places are to visit during the coronavirus outbreak, here’s a definitive guide.
The kind of places that are unhealthy for travel during the second wave of COVID-19
Any destination with lots of COVID cases. If you want to know where the hotspots are, check out this map from the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center. Avoid dark red areas. The university also publishes a world map where you can quickly find the hotspots. Want to know what the map will look like in the future? Try the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, a research center at the University of Washington. For example, here’s what U.S. infections will look like in a few months. Also, look for the World Travel & Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp to assure the destination is doing everything it can to contain the virus.
Any place with large gatherings or lots of people. Concerts, fairs, and other social gatherings, including outdoor venues such as theme parks, are off-limits, says Sheela Shenoi, medical director, general infectious diseases at Yale Medicine. “Any travel plans should emphasize spending time in settings where you can avoid or minimize contact with other people,” she adds.
Any destination you’re not allowed to visit as an American. Obvious, right? Well, no. I’m only mentioning this because clever travelers have found ways around the travel bans. So most of Europe is off-limits now, for example. And that’s especially true now, with COVID cases spiking in France, Germany and the United Kingdom.
Any place with a returning quarantine. Take Aruba, for example. If you visited the Caribbean island earlier this month and came home to Kansas, you needed to quarantine for 14 days. Why? Since early September, Aruba’s coronavirus case rates have increased to more than four times the Kansas rate, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment The Centers for Disease Control warns that the risk of contracting COVID-19 risk in Aruba is high. So if you were thinking of taking a tropical vacation this fall, you might want to think twice about Aruba.
Here are some of the most unhealthy places to visit during COVID-19
But where should you avoid during the second wave of the COVID-19