Traveling during Pandemic
Although we all are scared of stepping out during this pandemic and services are still restricted, people are resuming traveling again. After months of lockdown, everyone wants to stretch legs and move out to see the world. Many countries are welcoming international travelers to boost the economy. Restaurants, malls, and public places are now open for domestic purposes. Traveling in this world full of friendly people who might infect you is quite risky. Is having breakfast during a flight safe? Is visiting a mall while social distancing is possible? Can we stay okay without using the public restroom during a safer road trip? All these questions are going to pop in your mind whenever you plan to go out.
Here are some sure shot tips for all those who are planning to travel during the pandemic:
1. Maintain a safe distance of around 6 feet between you and others.
2. Avoid contact with those who are sick.
3. Avoid touching your face, nose and mouth.
4. Limit contact with frequently touched surfaces like railings, elevators, buttons. In case you touch any of these surfaces use hand sanitizer or wash your hands properly before touching anything else.
5. Wear face mask.
6. Cover your mouth whenever you cough or sneeze.
7. Wash your hands often, especially before eating, after using toilets or after coughing or sneezing.
Before you plan to travel to other state, don’t forget to check the local requirements and restrictions. In some states, the local government has put a mandate on wearing masks. They may ask you to quarantine yourself for 14 days. Checking all these conditions prior to travel may save you from unpleasant surprises. While researching, take a deep look at visitor’s information, hours of operations of hotels, parks and other businesses.
Air travel is considered safe as most viruses don’t spread easily because of the air circulation mechanism. But crowded flights make social distancing difficult and air travel involves checking at multiple points which bring you in contact of many other people.
Although the Federal Aviation Administration has issued necessary guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Both the crew and the passengers are required to wear a face masks during the travel. Make sure to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after going to the screening.
For all those who prefer to drive, air travel is not your cup of tea. Traveling via your own vehicle give you more control on your environment.
Still you have to be smart during the travel. Make your journey a safe and comfortable one by following these tips:
• Plan to make few stops as possible.
• Be sure to keep face masks and hand sanitizer with you.
• Keep homemade food and plenty of water with you.
Travel increases the chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Make sure to keep your adults and children safe and if you wish to travel, do talk to your doctor about any additional precautions you may need to take.