Is it safe to travel right now? What health experts are doing for the holidays this year

Published December 22, 2021

USA Today interviewed Thomas Russo, chief of infectious diseases in the Department of Medicine in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, in a story about safely traveling during the holidays. If food or drinks are available to passengers while flying, Russo suggests waiting at least 10 minutes to unmask and eat. This gives the other passengers more time to finish their food and mask up before your own mask comes off. “If it’s a short flight, I recommend just keeping your mask on the whole time,” he said. “If it's a longer flight, if you feel you have to go ahead and do that, what you can do is you can take that sip or bite and then sort of pop that mask back on while you're chewing.” The article also appeared on Yahoo! News.