Staying at home is the best way to prevent yourself and others from being infected with the new coronavirus. Travel increases your risk of being infected. In case you need to travel, here are the things you need to consider:
- BEFORE YOU TRAVEL
Is the infection spreading at your destination?
In case there are lots of cases at your destination, it’s more likely you are to get infected during travel. You may also spread the virus to others when you return.
Are you at the same place with someone who might be at increased risk for coronavirus’s severe illness?
If you get the infection while traveling, you can spread it to them when you return. It spreads even when you don’t have any symptoms.
At your destination, does it have any restrictions or requirements for travelers?
Some local and territorial governments have requirements like wearing masks and isolation for 14 days for those who have recently traveled. You must check your local and territorial governments for information before you go and travel.
2. IF YOU TRAVEL
During your travel, take these steps to protect yourself and others:
- Wear masks to keep your mouth and nose covered especially in public or crowded places
- At least 6 feet, stay far from others to avoid close contact from someone who is not from your home
- Avoid touching your mouth, eyes, and nose
- Wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer
- Avoid contact with anyone who is sick
Types Of Travel Considerations:
- Air travel: This requires spending much time at security lines and terminals, bringing you to frequently touched surfaces and close contact with others. Most germs and viruses do not spread easily on flights because of how airplanes circulate and filtered. Social distancing is still difficult on crowded flights, and sitting 6 feet far from others for hours might increase your risk of getting the infection. Consider also how you get to and from the airport as sharing rides, and public transportation can increase your risk of being exposed.
- Train or bus travel: If you travel on trains or buses for any length of time, it can involve sitting or standing 6 feet apart from others. It may increase your exposure to the infection, or you might get it from others if you choose to travel on trains or buses and learn how to protect yourself. You need to practice social distancing, avoid touching surfaces, practice hand hygiene, and always forget to wear your masks.
- Car travel: When you travel using your car, you usually make stops along the way for food, gas, or bathroom breaks. These acts can put you and your traveling buddies in close contact with other people. Also, you can’t avoid frequently touching surfaces. Therefore, always practice hand hygiene by washing your hands often with water and soap or using hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol. Disinfect your car once in a while inside and outside for your safety and others as well.