Americans Slack On Covid Precautions Before Travel

FILE – In this May 24, 2020, file photo, a Southwest Airlines flight attendant prepares a plane bound for Orlando, Fla. for takeoff Sunday, at Kansas City International airport in Kansas City, Mo. Federal officials are extending into January a requirement that people on airline flights and public transportation wear face masks to limit the spread of COVID-19. The Transportation Security Administration’s current order was scheduled to expire Sept. 13. An agency spokesman said Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, that the mandate will be extended until Jan. 18. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

A new poll is showing that Americans are slacking on their Covid precautions.

According to the Axios-Ipsos poll, few Americans who reported taking a vacation in the past three months took extra steps to avoid a COVID-19 infection prior to their trip.

Twenty-four percent of respondents who had traveled said they wore a mask indoors more frequently before the trip. Twenty-seven percent said they limited dining and other indoor events, while 22 percent said they limited seeing people outside of their household before their trips. Forty-five percent said they washed their hands more frequently before their vacations, and roughly a quarter said they took an at-home COVID-19 test.

Most respondents said taking a vacation does not pose a major risk to their health or well-being.

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