Is holiday travel safe during COVID, according to experts

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  • This year, the holiday travel period overlaps with a possible second wave of COVID-19, as well as cold and flu season.
  • Many will be left wondering: is it safe to travel for the holidays? Or perhaps more importantly, should I travel?
  • If you’re considering visiting family or taking an end of year vacation, there are key risks to consider before you hit book.
  • We asked three doctors, a microbiologist, and a travel pro for their expert assessments of holiday travel risks, safer choices, and how to protect yourself and others when traveling.
  • Read more: Is travel safe? We interviewed experts on risks associated with flying, booking hotels or Airbnbs, renting cars, and more, plus ideas on safe vacations during COVID-19.

 

After months of quarantine, both mandated and self-imposed, most people

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Glass Fire damages Napa Valley’s legendary Meadowood resort

  • ST. HELENA, CA – SEPTEMBER 28: The remains of the The Grill at Meadowood smolder at the Meadowood Napa Valley resort in St. Helena, Calif., on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. The Glass Fire continues to burn. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

  • ST. HELENA, CA – SEPTEMBER 28: Burned bottles are seen as the The Grill at Meadowood smolders at the Meadowood Napa Valley resort in St. Helena, Calif., on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. The Glass Fire continues to burn. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

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  • ST. HELENA, CA – SEPTEMBER 28: Cathedral City firefighter Russ Barrsness puts water on a structure at the Meadowood Napa Valley resort in St. Helena, Calif., on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. The Glass Fire continues to burn. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

  • ST. HELENA, CA – SEPTEMBER 28: A fence and a structure burn by the tennis courts at

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Kentucky, Wyoming, Texas, and Nevada added to Chicago’s quarantine list

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Four states were added Tuesday to Chicago’s mandatory travel quarantine order.

Beginning Friday, anyone traveling to Chicago from Kentucky, Wyoming, Texas, and Nevada will have to self-quarantine for 14 days.

The emergency travel order took effect on July 6. It now includes 23 states and territories, including:

Alabama

Arkansas

Georgia

Idaho

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Minnesota

Mississipi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

North Dokota

Oklahoma

Puerto Rico

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee Texas

Utah

Wisconsin

Wyoming

A state is considered a coronavirus hot zone if it has a case rate greater than 15 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents, per day, over a 7-day rolling average.

Georgia is now seeing a daily case average of under 15 cases/100k/day, so if they remain below 15 next week, they will be taken off the list.

North Carolina is above 15 cases/100k/day, but last week saw a spike in cases

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Why Uber transit won’t work in India



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Nearly a year after launching its public transport feature in Delhi, Uber is all set to ride into its second Indian city.

The feature provides commuters with information about nearby public transit stops and real-time departure schedules.

On Sept. 17, Uber said it has partnered with Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMRL), Larsen &Toubro Metro, and the Telangana State Road Transport Corporations’ (TSRTC) bus service in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad to help riders plan their transit journey end-to-end within its app.

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The feature can help in improving urban planning as it allows governments to better manage their resources and match supply with demand. “The platforms provide a data-driven approach to knowing peak demand times and areas. This can help cities and governments better allocate public transportation to reduce crowding and serve the needs of residents,”

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Meet the woman behind the magazine that spotlights San Antonio’s South Side

(SAN ANTONIO) – It is Hispanic Heritage Month and one local woman is using her platform to shed light on all of the great things going on, on her side of town.

Sitting along W Mitchell Street, just off Highway 90, you’ll find a quaint coffee shop. Inside of Coffeeciando, you’ll find all of the usual sights and sounds of one, too. Including South Side San Antonio’s very own April Monterrosa.

“It’s home,” said April Monterrosa, editor-in-chief of Live from the Southside Magazine. “I don’t care where you go, if you meet someone from the southside, it’s like they’re family. It has a unique hospitable feeling, this area.”

This Latina sits inside of the coffee shop each day, working diligently to find the best parts of the area she knows so well.

“Born and raised,” she said. “I went to South San High School.”

A 10 year writing career pointed

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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Duke Realty, Industrial Logistics Properties, Park Hotels & Resorts and RLJ Lodging

For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – September 29, 2020 – Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include: Duke Realty Corporation DRE, Industrial Logistics Properties Trust ILPT, Park Hotels & Resorts Inc. PK and RLJ Lodging Trust RLJ.

Here are highlights from Monday’s Analyst Blog:

2 REITs to Buy, 2 to Sell as Social Distancing Gets a Thumbs Up

Social distancing or rather physical-distancing measures to curb the spread of coronavirus have emerged as the single most important factor governing economic activities around the globe. This has, in fact, resulted in a deviation between different sectors of the economy with one side, involving low face-to-face contact, showing resilience and even gaining, while the other side with higher risks for infection significantly

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Airline workers brace for mass layoffs

DETROIT — The worries are growing for United Airlines flight attendant Jordy Comeaux.

In a few days, he’ll be among roughly 40,000 airline workers whose jobs are likely to evaporate in an industry decimated by the coronavirus pandemic.

Unless Congress acts to help for a second time, United will furlough Comeaux on Thursday, cutting off his income and health insurance. Unemployment and the money made by his husband, a home health nurse, won’t be enough to pay the bills including rent near Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

“I don’t have enough, unfortunately, to get by,” said Comeaux, 31, who has worked for United for four years. “No one knows what’s going to come next and how to prepare.”

Since the pandemic hit, thousands of flight attendants, baggage handlers, gate agents and others have been getting at least partial pay through $25 billion in grants and loans to the nation’s airlines. To

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This Is What Holiday Travel Will Look Like This Year. Maybe.

By Sam Kemmis

Over the river and through the woods, to … a hotel near-ish Grandmother’s house we go?

A couple weeks ago I wrote about how and whether to book flights for the holidays. Since then, a few people have asked what I think holiday travel will be like this year. Will airports be packed? Or will caution prevail? Will airfare and hotel prices go up? Or will they remain at their current bargain-basement prices?

Only a fool would try to make predictions about the future at this point, so let’s call these “guesstimaybes.” I’ll use data and projections where possible, but even those can only perform so much better than a crystal ball these days.

Guesstimaybe No. 1: Airfare Prices Will Go Up, but Not Much

Based on research from the airfare search service Hopper, Yuletide airfare domestically is down 40% compared with 2019. And frankly, that doesn’t

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Buy Norwegian Cruise Line Stock Before It Doubles



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a large Norwegian Cruise Lines ship in the ocean

It’s been a rough year for Norwegian Cruise Line (NYSE:NCLH) and owners of NCLH stock.



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Coming into the year, the cruise industry was riding high on strong consumer spending and healthy travel appetite. NCLH was trading near all-time highs around $60. Revenues and profits were soaring. Life was good.

Then Covid-19 hit. And everything turned sour overnight for the cruise industry.

Consumer spending dried up. Travel appetite died. Cruise operations were halted. Revenues and profits plunged. So did NCLH, which as of this writing, trades at $16 — a whopping 73% below its late-2019 highs.

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But, for three big reasons, I think NCLH is primed for a huge turnaround in 2021-2022, the likes of which could see the

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Here’s what’s happening Tuesday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Monday the city was easing coronavirus restrictions on bars and restaurants, as well as on barbershops, beauty salons and gyms. The changes are Lightfoot’s latest attempt to ease the financial burden on Chicago businesses by lifting frequently criticized restrictions.



a group of people sitting at a table with a bunch of stuffed animals: Mourners add to a memorial on Sept. 9, 2020, during a vigil in memory of Dajore Wilson, 8, near where she was killed at 47th Street and South Union Avenue in the Canaryville neighborhood.


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Mourners add to a memorial on Sept. 9, 2020, during a vigil in memory of Dajore Wilson, 8, near where she was killed at 47th Street and South Union Avenue in the Canaryville neighborhood.



a traffic light at night: The setting sun is is seen along East Madison Street before the fall equinox on Sept. 21, 2020, in Chicago.


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The setting sun is is seen along East Madison Street before the fall equinox on Sept. 21, 2020, in Chicago.

The mayor’s comments came as Illinois public health officials Monday reported 1,709 newly diagnosed cases and 13 additional confirmed deaths of people with COVID-19, raising the statewide tally to 289,639 known cases and 8,614 deaths.



a person preparing food in a kitchen: Kelly Helgesen of Takeaway Bagel makes sourdough bagels at Superkhana International on Sept. 19, 2020, in Chicago.


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