Travelling amidst the current pandemic is not advised, but a lot of people don’t have an option. For those of you who are planning on going through this stressful journey, we’ve compiled together some health care tips to keep you as protected as possible. Keep reading to learn more.
How to Travel Safely During the Pandemic
First, you need to find current health and safety information on your destination. If you have loved ones residing there, ask them about the current situation so you have the right expectations for when you reach there. If you don’t know anyone living there, then you should be able to find information country wise on the official website of the Center for Disease Prevention.
Another thing you would need to keep in mind is the possibility of staying in a quarantine center for at least two weeks depending on the risk level of the place you’re travelling to. And make sure to self-quarantine if you don’t have to stay at a quarantine center so as to minimize the risk of exposure to others around you.
Healthy Travel Tips
Apart from setting these base expectations for yourself, here are some tips you need to follow to ensure your safety during your travels:
- Carry a sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol. This is a must for when you can’t wash your hands. Do keep washing your hands for around 20 to 30 seconds with soap if you can. If you can’t wash your hands, you can resort to sanitizer.
- Take your own food with you. Depending on the length of your journey, prepare some hearty sandwiches or wraps that are easy to carry and don’t forget to sanitize your hands before having your meal.
- Avoid touching your face – even if you feel your hand hygiene is impeccable. It is the most common way to contract any virus.
- Practice social distancing. Avoid crowds and try to stay at least 6 feet away. Whether you’re travelling by plane, train or bus, choosing a window seat has been advised by medical health officers as it helps keep you away from the mass of the passengers.
- Sanitize your seat. Make sure to wipe down the chair’s arms and any object you are likely to touch.
- Wear a mask that completely covers your mouth and your nose. It is important that the mask should not leave room for exposure around the edges. If you find masks to be out of stock, try to make your own mask at home with any loose cloth you have around the house, such as a bandana or a scarf. It is also advisable to make several extra masks at home if you can, in the case that the people sitting next to you don’t have one, you can procure it for them to wear, keeping them as well as yourself safe. You may find misinformation about how masks are useless for protection against the coronavirus, but the U.S. National Library of Medicine has reportedly said that they are an essential force against the virus and should be worn to stop it from spreading further than it already has.
Lastly, if you develop any of the symptoms such as coughing, sneezing or fever, try to stay calm until you are able to find a medical health professional. These are common symptoms related to other health problems it does not necessarily mean you have contracted the virus.