How to Travel Safely During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. As a result, people have been forced to reconsider where to go and how to get there. At the same time, many governments have changed their travel warnings to restrict travel during this time. But road trip vacations and air travel are picking up speed, and travelers can drive freely.

When it comes to spreading COVID-19, the travel industry gets a bad rap. Fortunately, you can protect yourself and others with these precautions.

Wear a Mask

Face masks are one tool utilized for preventing the spread of disease. They create a barrier between your mouth and nose and those around you. CDC recommends that people wear masks in public and when around people. Some N95 masks have valves that make them easier to breathe through.

At this stage in the novel coronavirus pandemic, masks are a fact of life. In fact, putting on a mask every day before you go out is like a ritual. Make sure the mask fits to cover your nose, mouth, and chin. Also, wash it regularly using water and a mild detergent.

You can be refused travel for not following wearing a mask or fined as a last resort. Therefore, even if you aren’t sick, you should still be wearing a face mask.

Masks come in a wide variety of materials and can be something you make at home. You can also buy reusable or single-use face coverings. Remember, face shields, bandanas, and scarves on their own are not sufficient.

Avoid Close Contact

Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus. Therefore, limiting close face-to-face contact with others is the best way to protect yourself. From a travel perspective, the best solution might be taking a trip designed just for you and yours.

The first solution is to travel domestically – and by road. Thus, you can help control coronavirus and travel safely by walking and cycling.  You should also make bookings online to minimize person to person contact.

Cramped conditions in airplane cabins make social distancing a challenge. You might very well show up to a packed waiting area and an equally full plane. Luckily, many airlines have been taking precautions to keep passengers safe. Airports are also finding a budget model metal detector to beef up security. Some of these airports are using the tips provided by leisurehead.com to make their decision.

Wash Your Hands Often

Often, the virus can quickly spread from one person to the next via hands. Therefore, washing hands can keep you healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19. It’s also one of the best ways to remove germs and prevent germs’ spread to others. However, rushing the process can result in cross-contamination and increased sickness.

First, wet your hands with clean, running water — either warm or cold. Use an alcohol-based hand rub if you don’t have immediate access to soap and water. However, if your hands are visibly dirty, you must use soap. 

Next, apply a generous amount of soap to the inside and back of your hands. Use one hand to rub the back of the other hand. Make sure you get in between your fingers, on the backs of hands, and under the nails. Finally, dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Wash your hands for 20 seconds each time. It also helps when parents set an example by washing their own hands frequently.

Don’t Touch Your Mouth, Nose, and Eyes

Stop touching your face to reduce your chances of catching coronavirus. But it is tough to stop touching your face. It’s natural to touch your mouth, nose, and eyes.. Studies show that people touch their faces more than 20 times an hour on average.

Nevertheless, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Never touch your face with dirty hands. The most obvious way to curb your face-touching would be to use distraction techniques. For example, try using a fidget spinner or stress ball to keep your hands occupied.

Also, notice how and when others touch their face might cue you into your own habits. You can also post a sticky note on your laptop or desk.  Alternatively, you could turn it into a family goal.

Conclusion

Holiday travel looks different this year. Getting around quickly now feels much less important than getting around safely. To travel well right now, you must carefully consider the COVID-19 risk. You may also need to quarantine at your own expense.

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