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Is it safe to travel if I’m vaccinated and recovered from Covid


Today, millions of people have been vaccinated. They are also being boosted to recover from Covid-19 infection caused by the Omicron variant.

These people have “super immunity,” which some in the medical profession call it. They are also ready to see the rest of the world.

The term has a certain air of being ambiguous. Experts disagree on how long and what level of protection this confers.

CNBC Travel asked the opinions of four top medical experts.

“You are very well protected”

Risks of severe illness for vaccinated and recovered people are “low and … unlikely to get lower,” said Dale Fisher, group chief of medicine at Singapore’s National University Health System.

He said that travel risks for these individuals are more about health than inconvenience. He said that even though they are immunized, travelers who have tested positive for pre-flight testing can still become sick on their travels.

The vast majority of people will not experience any symptoms.

Prof. Dale Fisher

Prof./Senior consultant, Infectious Diseases, National University Hospital

Fisher stated that traveling doesn’t pose the same Covid risk as it used to be because of the prevalence of the omicron variant today.

Travel is not magical; chances are you won’t get it more often. [Covid]Because you can’t travel from very low to very high endemic areas to very high endemic areas, he stated. However, “There are not many areas with low endemicity left in the entire world.”

Fisher stated that some argue that recovery and vaccinations provide greater protection. He said, however, that “you are very well protected after 2 doses” of the vaccine.

He stated that Covid could be a problem wherever you travel for the rest of their lives. It will be very mild for most people, and symptomatic in a small percentage of cases.

“This virus is extremely wily”

The American Medical Association’s former President and CEO, Dr. Patrice Harris, advised that people should not let down their guards just yet. eMed.

“We’re seeing hospitalizations decrease, but we still see 2,400 deaths every day in this country,” she stated during last week’s interview on CNBC Travel. We are far from the end of this pandemic.

That doesn’t mean she discourages travel — Harris said she’s planning two trips to Europe this year. She does however recommend people use “tried and true evidence-based techniques,” including vaccinations, testing, ventilation, and social distancing.

From 2020 through 2021, Dr. Patrice Harris served as president of American Medical Association.

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Harris advised people around immunocompromised individuals and those with compromised immune systems to be extra cautious. Although she has had her vaccinations and boosters, Harris said she is still cautious for her father’s safety.

“This virus, which is quite clever and has tricked us every step of the way,” she stated.

The threat of an alternative variant abounding is never-ending. the risk of developing so-called “long Covid,” even after mild infections“Yes, said she.

We sometimes believe that we’ll be able to get Covid because I am young and healthy. So I will get through it fast,” she explained. “But … not everyone will.”  

You should always travel

Stefanos Kales said that people who have received three doses of vaccines and are otherwise healthy should be able to travel. A professor at Harvard Medical School, and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

He said, “Unless you have a serious condition, or are concerned about something, you can travel.” “You need to feel comfortable. What else can you do that will protect you more?

Keep your humility.

Professor Cyrille Cohen, head of the immunotherapy laboratory at Israel’s Bar-Ilan University, said it’s too early to say that vaccinated and recovered people are fully protected.

Harris is also concerned by the possibility of new versions, he stated.

He stated that until things stabilize, “I believe we need to remain humble and cautious.”

Travelers could be infected with a new variant — one that hasn’t been detected yet. He stated, “That was how it started back in 2020 for a lot people.”

We must remain humble and be cautious.

Professor Cyrille Cohen

Head of immunotherapy at Bar-Ilan University

According to him, people who have “super immunity”, may be more susceptible to severe illness. It all depends on what type of variant is emerging.  

“It’s always a race … between your immune system and pathogens,” he said. “At end of the day you want to be the person who wins that race.”