Travel Tips During the Covid-19 Pandemic

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Travel tips when traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic. Use a physical barrier over your nose, mouth, and eyes.  Maintain a safe distance from the people around you.  Use disinfectant wipes to wipe off high-touch areas.  Cover public seats with a washable plastic sheet.

What precautions should you take while traveling during this COVID-19 pandemic?  Check with the state and city health departments.  Find out if there are any travel bans or if you will be subjected to a quarantine period.  As these are subject to change, you need to do this when you are planning, and before you embark on your trip.

Make provisions for food supplies as restaurants, gyms, and salons may be closed.  If you are traveling out of town, keep your trip as short as possible.  Destination cities have been locked down leaving visitors stranded.

Keep your nose, mouth, and eyes protected with a physical barrier.  For your eyes, use a pair of safety goggles to cover them.  Cover your mouth and nose with a three-layer cloth mask.  Maintain a 2-meter (6 feet) distance from those around you.  Where possible, make use of telecommunications like video and conference calls.  Keep travel and interaction limited to that which is necessary.  Avoid all contact with people displaying symptoms of the coronavirus.

The average person touches their face approximately 15 times per hour.  You can contaminate yourself by touching a contaminated surface then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.  Carry a small bottle of cleaning solution, clean and disinfect all high-touch surfaces.  Including doors and other handles, light switches, faucets, remote controls, and kettles.

Tips When Choosing a Hotel

Check what precautions the hotel has taken to ensure visitors’ safety.  In addition, find out what penalties you will incur if you cancel your booking.  These may differ from the hotels policy if the cancellation is caused by an outbreak or government-imposed restrictions.

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How Can You Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 While Traveling?

If possible, use private transportation, to limit your exposure to people.  Check with the transport company what precautions they have taken to protect commuters.  These companies may have imposed further restrictions which travelers have to adhere to.  Try to use less popular times to travel to limit the number of people you have to interact with.

If you are showing symptoms, remain at home and avoid contact with people.  Clean your hands and the surfaces you touch.  If you need to seek medical attention, cover your mouth and nose.  Keep your distance from people to prevent spreading the coronavirus.

Everyone must adhere to the 2 meters or 6 feet social distancing as recommended by the WHO.  Keep interaction with people to the lowest possible number.  Avoid large gatherings and events that will attract crowds.

Practice good personal hygiene.  Wash your hands with soap and water for 30 seconds to remove all germs.  Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when you are unable to use soap and water.

Practice etiquette by covering your mouth and nose in the crook of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.

Living in a World Where the Enemy Is Invisible

You need to take extra precautions to keep you and your family safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

General Tips for Your Safety:

  • Carry wet wipes and clean all high-touch surfaces before using them.  High-Touch surfaces include card machines and ATMs, menus and trollies or baskets, gas pump handles.
  • Select areas that provide good ventilation.
  • Use a plastic sheet to cover seats before you sit on public seats.
  • Making payments: If possible, make use of touchless payment methods.  Card machines are a high-touch surface.  Disinfect the machine before using it, and don’t allow the clerk to touch your card.
  • Remove your shoes before entering your home, office or hotel room

Restaurants, Pubs, and Fast Food Places:

  • Check what precautions restaurants are taking.
  • Find out how often public spaces are disinfected.
  • Clean the menu, salt and pepper shakers, and condiment bottles.
  • Check that staff are wearing face masks.
  • Stay away from a buffet or communal style serving areas.

When Using Gyms:

  • YouTube offers a variety of options to keep you fit without the gym.  Consider reading our article, Best Cardio Workouts and Aerobics for Abs and Back.
  • Contact your gym and find out if there are any restrictions.  Classes may be canceled, or the gym may limit the number of participants.
  • Don’t use showers or communal drinking fountains.
  • Find out what special precautions the gym is taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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When Making Use of Salons or Barbershops:

  • Make your appointment at a time where the salon is quiet.
  • Avoid as many areas as possible, wash, and blow-dry your hair at home.
  • Find out how often chairs and communal areas are cleaned and disinfected.

Shopping for Supplies:

  • Make use of online options wherever possible.
  • Maintain social distancing between you and the delivery people.
  • Don’t allow delivery personnel into your home.
  • Clean all packages before you bring them into your home.
  • If you select to go to a shop wear masks and safety goggles.
  • Clean high-touch surfaces
  • Maintain social distancing

Disclaimer

This article is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as professional medical advice.  Neither the author nor LifeGuideBlog as an entity are certified medical professionals.  Consumers should seek professional medical help before engaging in any tips or suggestions related to medical treatment, or similar options mentioned in this article.  Many tips and suggestions may be undertaken by consumers on their own and are in line with the WHO.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are the Symptoms of COVID-19?

The common symptoms of Covid-19:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing

The incubation period of coronavirus is 2-14 days with a gradual onset of symptoms.  The recovery period is anywhere from 2 – 6 weeks, depending on the severity of the illness.

How Is COVID-19 Spread?

COVID-19 is spread through small droplets either directly or indirectly.  Direct contamination by close contact with an infected person.  The coronavirus survives on surfaces for a long period.  Indirect contamination touching a contaminated surface then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.

How Is Coronavirus Treated?

If your symptoms are mild you can steam with VapoRub, drink water, and rest.  Seek medical attention as soon as possible if your symptoms grow worse or if you are a high-risk person.  Vulnerable persons include those with a pre-existing medical condition or are over sixty.

With scientists and researchers finding out more information, the information contained in this article is subject to change.  Studies have shown that people older than 60 and those who have an underlining medical condition are more susceptible to coronavirus.  Stay at home and avoid physical contact with people as much as possible.

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