Monica Neal of Smyrna, Ga., traveled to South Africa on Thanksgiving, but said she was stuck there for days because of the Omicron version. She canceled a trip to Europe this month.
“I’ve traveled internationally twice this year, and I’m fortunately very safe and very healthy,” she said. “I didn’t want to pursue that fate.”
Several others said they had no plans to adjust. Blake Howe, a software engineer in Roswell, Ga., said he was going on a cruise in January for his 30th birthday. He planned the trip months in advance and got his shots and boosters.
Mr Howe said he knew cruise liners had been breeding grounds for Covid-19 in the past, but this time he is not worried. “They need full vaccinations, as well as boosters,” he said, adding that “they are at low capacity on the ship.”
The people who were interviewed weren’t planning on traveling anywhere—and were more than happy to be there.
“I just don’t want to go anywhere,” said Monica Rox, a 69-year-old retired bank teller in Camden, Maine, who was shopping in downtown Rockland. She said she has started taking more precautions in recent days – washing her hands more often, using hand sanitizer, avoiding large crowds and groups of people, and wearing her mask.
“It’s very frightening,” she said of the recent surge. “I’m doing everything I can to stay safe.”
For those planning to attend large gatherings, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is still recommending that everyone with multiple generations of the same family be vaccinated. For indoor gatherings, the CDC is asking people to consider taking an at-home rapid test beforehand.