A new report from the New York Times urges travelers to continue, or return to, mask-wearing, “everywhere” and “in between” on their upcoming holiday travels, including on planes, trains, buses, ferries, and even at their travel destinations.
Calling the current global health status a triple pandemic or “tripledemic,” the outlet advised readers recently on how to “fly more safely” for the holidays, simply stating “Hint: Wear a Mask.”
The “tripledemic” refers to those who are in fear of contracting COVID-19, the flu, or the latest respiratory syncytial virus.
The piece worries that “even though cases of the coronavirus have been ticking up, there is no suggestion that mandates will be reinstated.”
The article asks a series of self-prophesizing questions citing doctors, the Centers for Disease Control, Transportation Security Administration, and other unnamed “experts.”
The CDC reference possibly stems from a May 2022 mask and travel advisory in which the CDC recommends “passengers and workers – properly wear a well-fitting mask or respirator over the nose and mouth in indoor areas of public transportation (such as airplanes, trains, etc.) and transportation hubs (such as airports, stations, etc.).” The guidance is recommended for anyone over the age of two.