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CNBC: What are the safest ways to vacation this summer?

UC expert recommends planning ahead and taking an outdoor vacation within driving distance

The summer vacation season is approaching, but it will look a lot different than previous years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. CNBC interviewed Carl Fichtenbaum, MD, of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the UC College of Medicine to get his thoughts on taking a safe vacation. 

A doctor in a lab coat looks at a medical folder

Carl Fichtenbaum, MD, of the UC College of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases. Photo/Joe Fuqua II/UC Creative + Brand.

Fichtenbaum says one of the keys is planning ahead. 

“Before you go anywhere, think about exactly where you’re planning to go, exactly how you’re planning to get there, and what exactly you will do once you arrive,” he says. 

He also recommends driving to a location close to home. “The outdoor vacation within driving distance of your home is your best option, as the virus doesn’t have as many opportunities to spread when you’re outside,” Fichtenbaum explains.

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