Philbrick: Public transportation proves safe — if precautions are followed

Traditionally the holiday season inspires travel plans and joyful gatherings but this year health officials are pleading with people to stay home. As we were reminded on social media and in the news “A Zoom Thanksgiving is a lot better than an ICU Christmas.”

Yet despite the potential risk, a recent survey indicated approximately 28 percent of Americans plan to travel in December, compared to about 53 percent last year. Clearly with over a quarter of a million deaths from COVID-19 in the United States alone, the safest choice for the holidays this year is to celebrate with your immediate household only.

But what if you must travel? You can reduce your risk by taking critical precautions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly recommends travelers wear masks at all times when traveling via bus, train, plane, rideshare, or any other form of transit.