How to travel safely during the coronavirus pandemic
Before thinking of traveling during the coronavirus covid-19 pandemic, take a deep breath and review your recent activities and pinpoint events if you have made contacts or have been exposed to someone who have covid 19 infection or someone who have covid 19 exposure directly or indirectly. If you have a known exposure to COVID-19, then you should delay travel, immediately get tested to help save yourself and the lives of others. If tested positive, you need to quarantine and immediately contact your doctor on the phone. Don’t go to the hospital. Wait for your doctor’s advice. Check your state or local health department for information about local quarantine requirements. Remember not to travel if you are sick or test positive for COVID-19. If you are exposed, you need to get tested immediately and isolate yourself in a room if living with other people.
If you tested negative, think again if your travel plans at the height of the covid 19 pandemic is worth your health risk. A higher percentage of the risk of infection is acquired from travel. No matter how we keep ourselves vigilant to the safety protocols, covid is still able to sneak into our body openings. Just think of the doctors and nurses, they have all the safety gears and body coverings and yet, they are stick infected. So, safety precautions don’t give us full protection. The best thing to do to keep safe is to stay home and avoid traveling.
Travel can increase your chances of getting and or spreading COVID-19. Postponing your travel and staying at home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. You and your companions including children may be asymptomatic and feel well, not having any symptoms, but you can still spread COVID-19 to family, friends, and community after travel.
Don’t travel if you are sick or test positive for COVID-19. Don’t travel with someone who is sick.
At any rate that traveling is very essential and the situation you are in cannot suspend travel then just make sure you practice safety protocols.
Below are some recommendations for safe travel during the coronavirus pandemic.
- Get tested 1-3 days before your trip. Also consider getting tested 3-5 days after your trip and reduce non-essential activities for a full 7 days after travel, even if your test is negative. If you don’t get tested, consider reducing non-essential activities for 10 days after travel.
- Keep a copy of your test results with you during travel; you may be asked for them.
- Check travel restrictions before you go.
- Get your flu shot before you travel.
- Bring extra supplies, such as masks and hand sanitizer.
- Know when to delay your travel. Do not travel if you or your travel companions are sick.
- Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when in public settings, including on public transportation and in transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
- Wear a face shield on top of your face mask for double-protection.
- Avoid close contact by staying at least 6 feet apart (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who is not from your travel group.
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
- Use a hand sanitizer with a handle and hang it on your neck on a lanyard or hang it on your shoulder bag or body bag. This is for easy and accessibility of your hand sanitizer. Everytime you touch something, sanitize your hands immediately. Hand sanitizing is quick when your sanitizer is hooked on the lanyard hanging on your neck or on your hand bag or body bag. This is another way of keeping the virus from going inside your bag. In the event that your hand caught a virus and then you put your hand inside your bag to get the hand sanitizer, then you are spreading the virus to the things you put inside your bag such as your cellphone, wallet and etc.
- Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Before your scheduled travel, avoid the following gatherings to make sure you are covid-free.
- Going to a large social gathering like a wedding, funeral, or party.
- Attending a mass gathering like a sporting event, concert, or parade.
- Being in crowds like in restaurants, bars, fitness centers, or movie theaters.
- Being on trains, buses, in airports, or using public transportation.
- Traveling on a cruise ship or river boat.