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I'm surprised that people still insist on recreational travel during this pandemic. It's MUCH riskier than going to stores or using public transportation. (At least most of the people in the store, bus, or commuter train are there for a limited amount of time.) The recent end to mask mandates in airports and airplanes can only make things worse.

My reasons for avoiding travel are these:
1. In the airport, you share indoor air with thousands of other people. Flight delays and cancellations (all too common these days) only prolong your time in the airport. No amount of sanitizing surfaces will stop the spread of airborne viruses.
2. In the airplane, you share indoor air with hundreds of other people. You're in close proximity to several people for virtually the entire length of the flight.
3. The hotel can sanitize surfaces, but it cannot sanitize the air. The maids have to enter your room every day to clean. You're sharing indoor air with hotel employees and other guests. And you're all spending lots of time in there. You're not in and out quickly like you are in a store, bus, or commuter train.
4. In a cruise ship, you share indoor air with thousands of other people. You're on the ship day after day. And while sanitizing surfaces can stop the spread of some diseases, COVID-19 is not one of them.
5. It's much harder to eat a healthy diet when traveling than at home. Dietary fiber is much harder to come by when I have to eat away from home, and the same is true for magnesium, potassium, and phytonurients. (Ever notice that certain essential nutrients tend to go together?) Trying to eat the whole rainbow of fruits and vegetables is even harder. At the same time, it's hard to avoid the sodium overdoses. This less healthy diet is bad for immune system health and promotes inflammation.
6. If you're required to be tested for COVID-19 and test positive, what are you supposed to do? Do you get your money back? If you test positive when you're about to come home, are you stranded there? Who pays for the extra costs?
7. Even if I had the perfect immune system that could easily defeat every pathogen that ever existed in the history of the world, I still wouldn't fly or go on a cruise. There's all the hassle I'd have to deal with if certain key people (like pilots and flight attendants) tested positive and had to be sidelined from duty.
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