‘She needed a break from talking to me’: Coronavirus pandemic travel concerns cause family rifts

Ashlyn Hiserote’s family camping trip didn’t go as planned after she asked that her sister and a friend wear masks. Cameron Testerman and his boyfriend, Vaughnel Fletcher, were afraid to travel to visit Testerman’s family in Arkansas due to both the pandemic and concerns about racism, which left his mother disappointed.

Travel dichotomies are cropping up within families and causing unforeseen rifts in relationships. Mundane conversations about dinner reservations pre-pandemic have morphed into concerns about mask wearing, social distancing and coronavirus tests.

While some people barely leave their homes in an attempt to strictly follow public health guidelines, others follow guidance more loosely.

The pandemic is far from over, even as schools reopen and states loosen restrictions. The U.S. has more than 6.3 million cases of COVID-19 and at least 189,000 have died as of Wednesday morning, according to Johns Hopkins data.

But what happens when discussions among families about traveling reach a fever pitch with this threat of illness?

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