2020 has been a year full of challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic. While nobody will at the moment forbid you from traveling, your safety when traveling is not guaranteed as far as contracting the virus is concerned. But let’s face it. Regardless of the condition the globe is in, we can’t entirely restrain ourselves from traveling.
We need to check on distant family, get the kids out for a few hours, or just spring ourselves up to some outdoor adrenaline. Regardless of your reason to hit the road or take a plane, here are a few things you should keep in mind to make sure you are safe.
1. Use Covid-Safe Means of Transport
One of the main regulations in 2020 to prevent the spread of the virus has revolved around maintaining social distance. Governments around the world have issued restrictions, banned, or advised against social gatherings, and international travel wasn’t spared either. If you intend to travel, you need to make sure that you observe these guidelines for your safety.
Public transport is one of the major places that you can contract the virus as people from all walks of life use them. If you have your own means of transport, then it would be advisable to use it. But what if you must use air travel and you can’t afford a charter plane? Well, the good news is that all is not doom for you in this case. With some research and budget flying tips, you could access affordable flight offers online so you don’t have to break the bank. Of course, you will want to focus on airlines that put COVID-19 control measures in place, so you don’t put yourself and others at risk of contracting the virus.
2. Avoid Using Cash for Payments
The best way to be safe as you travel around during the Covid period is by limiting the number of times you are in contact with people. Using cash is one of the ways that the virus has been known to spread. As the cash passes from one person to the next, it might have come into contact with several people and most probably carry the virus with it. When traveling, shop all that you will need and pay using your credit card or other cashless ways of payment. Preferably do one-stop shopping and fill your car’s gas tank.
3. Quarantine Before and After the Trip
Before you can make the journey, you may also want to make sure that the people you intend to travel with have quarantined for 14 days. It’s a double-edged sword, so you also need to do the same! Having caused more than 1,393,537 coronavirus deaths as of November 23, this respiratory pandemic is no joke. Especially if you plan on visiting your elderly parents, you need to be strict about the quarantine. Research says that they are more likely to succumb to the virus than any other group.
After you have arrived at your destination, take a few days before integrating yourself into the new environment. This is to make sure you didn’t pick the virus on your way there. If possible, get tested after a minimum of five days. This reduces the risk of spreading the virus.
4. Always Wear a Mask and Have Hand Sanitizer
Coronavirus has been known to be spread mostly through the fluids produced from the nose and mouth. This is why the government is stressing about everyone having a mask on when in open public places. It is why even the new US president-elect, Joe R. Biden is aggressively advocating for the wearing of face masks as the world awaits for president Trump to concede defeat. Epidemiologists and health experts swear by it that masks play a pivotal role in the fight against covid-19.
When in your car, you can enjoy the fresh air. However, as you get out to grab something or make contact outside your vehicle, ensure your mask is on at all times. Upon coming back, grab your sanitizer and disinfect your hands. If you touched your phone while out there, make sure it is disinfected as well. The only way you are going to be safe is by being strict about the coronavirus spread control measures.
5. Know About Your Destination
Certain areas have a different number of cases of the virus. You need to know how the place you are headed is fairing in terms of the virus. That way, you will decide whether to visit the place or not. Places that have a high rate of infection should be a no-go zone for you unless your options are really limited. Go to places where your simple preventive measures will work.
As you plan to travel this year, beware of the risks. This respiratory disease is real, and it is not to be joked with. When integrating with people or traveling, make sure you are adhering to all the guidelines put in place for your safety.
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