What The End Of Masks On Planes Means For Families

What The End Of Masks On Planes Means For Families

By EILEEN OGINTZ Tribune Content Agency Families flying with small children are rightly confused over this week’s lifting of the federal transportation Covid-19 masking mandate. A Florida federal judge ruled that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s...
Tools Scientists Use To Study Viruses

Tools Scientists Use To Study Viruses

The American Museum of Natural History in New York has a wealth of resources online to help people learn how scientists study viruses. During the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists were able to decode the SARS-CoV-2 virus’s genome in under 48 hours, get a view of its...
Omicron: How to travel safely in the new year

Omicron: How to travel safely in the new year

By Eileen Ogintz The holidays have ended. Despite the rapid increase in Covid cases due to the Omicron variant, more than 109 million were expected to a have traveled during the holiday period, according to AAA Travel. But Omicron continues to rage. What should you do...
Omicron: How to be safe for the holidays

Omicron: How to be safe for the holidays

By Eileen Ogintz Wow! More than 109 million Americans plan to travel over the holidays – 92 percent of 2019 levels, AAA reports. “Americans who canceled their vacations in 2020 want to gather with family and friends for the holidays this year, although they will still...
What to know about travel with Omicron

What to know about travel with Omicron

By Eileen Ogintz What now? Just when we think we can start to plan a vacation, there’s a new variant (Omicron), new travel restrictions and enough different rules in different countries to completely confuse you. I’m an expert and I’m confused! Here is what we know...
What The End Of Masks On Planes Means For Families

Kids, COVID-19 vaccines, and holiday gatherings

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency No, you’re not being rude. “It should be the new normal this holiday season … it’s important to ask for the vaccination status of hosts and invitees,” said Dr. Mobeen Rathore, an infectious disease expert, professor and...
Carnival Cruises: Primed for Kids’ Return

Carnival Cruises: Primed for Kids’ Return

By Eileen Ogintz ABOARD CARNIVAL MARDI GRAS IN THE CARRIBEAN SEA — Christine Duffy can’t wait. “I miss seeing all the happy kids. And happy kids make parents and grandparents happy,” said Duffy, the president of Carnival Cruise Line which pre-pandemic...
On Carnival Mardi Gras: What Pandemic?

On Carnival Mardi Gras: What Pandemic?

By Eileen Ogintz ABOARD CARNIVAL MARDI GRAS in the Caribbean Sea — Besides their new grandbaby, Gary and Christine Posavad have a new love–Carnival’s new ship Mardi Gras. They’ve already sailed the megaship four times since the inaugural cruise at the...
On a cruise in Greece in the pandemic

On a cruise in Greece in the pandemic

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Talk about piling on vacation stress. How about traveling abroad during a pandemic, and then boarding a cruise ship, perhaps for the first time? “We’re vaccinated. We didn’t have reason to be nervous, but I was anxious,” said...
Memories from our first Pandemic cruise

Memories from our first Pandemic cruise

By Eileen Ogintz Kim and Dave Archbold opted for room service the last night of the “Treasures of the Greek Isles” Windstar Cruise. But they weren’t in their cabin, nor were they alone. Aboard the Wind Star sailing yacht, room service is available everywhere. The...