Some places in the United States have declared states of emergency. Can I still travel to those places?
A growing number of states have declared a state of emergency or a public health emergency, including Washington, California, New York and Florida. As a practical matter, that does not affect travel — flights are not canceled and the C.D.C. has not issued any travel restrictions. States of emergency are used by local and state governments to help them shift funding, as well as to have the authority to close schools and other facilities.
“State of emergency or not, the same measures should be taken everywhere in the United States,” said Anne W. Rimoin, a professor of epidemiology at U.C.L.A. Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health and director of the Center for Global and Immigrant Health.
The key to slowing down the virus is to avoid crowds, which means avoiding travel unless it is absolutely necessary, Dr. Rimoin said.
“For those who do choose to travel, think about what it would be like to get sick without your support network, away from home,” she added. “The disease is not as mild as everyone wants to believe.”
There could be other consequences, however. Your employer, for example, might decide that you have to self-quarantine once you have returned to your home state. Check and see what policies are in place before you travel.
Should I just stay home?
As of right now, Dr. Weisenberg of NYU cautioned travelers who might be tempted by a cheap airfare to put a lot of thought into whether they should book. Their safest option is to limit travel until the world has a better understanding of the virus, he said.
“Think it through, don’t go on a whim,” he said.
Emily Palmer contributed reporting from New York
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