Traveling during Covid-19 pandemic

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travel during pandemic
travel during pandemic

We are living at the time of a pandemic, and it has entirely changed our lives. Covid-19 Corona Virus has impacted almost all the aspects of our lives. Our mundane life has changed, like going to work, going to the grocery store, visiting family and friends, gatherings, shopping, etc. Besides this, bigs plans like weddings and celebrations had to be postponed, many babies born during pandemic have not met their relatives yet, many travel plans have been canceled or postponed. Let’s all hope that vaccines do their magic and we can get back to our normal life soon. But, before that let’s see how we can travel safely by taking travel precautions during the Covid-19 pandemic.

I am sure there are very few people who would say traveling is no fun. Traveling and exploring places is one of the things which makes us richer and our minds broader. The covid-19 pandemic has changed the way we traveled in the past. During the starting of the pandemic, there were many plans and trips that got canceled. But, as time passed by people decided to move on and travel. For some, it might have been a compulsion to travel, while for some people it might have been a change of scenario from the mundane life. Whatever the reason is, we see more and more people traveling these days.

Before deciding to travel, there are many questions and concerns that you may come across. Should I travel by airplane or train? Is it absolutely necessary to rent a car? How safe is it to do so? Should I change the destination I am traveling to? How is the coronavirus situation at my destination? Should I meet my relatives while I am in their city? Will they be comfortable? Should I book a hotel or stay in Air BnB. I would suggest you do some research before making travel plans, as it will not just save you, but others also.

While you make your travel plans, here are some tips and suggestions. I hope this will be helpful to you.

Visit CDC’s Website

I highly recommend going to CDC’s website to get the most recent and accurate information on the coronavirus. The website not only has travel advisories but also provides information on the state you are traveling to, that is if you are traveling within the United States.

do your research
do your research

Before you travel

Before you travel, check travel restrictions at your destination. Some places have restrictions like a compulsory coronavirus test result, quarantine for 14 days after reaching the destination. These restrictions might keep changing, so make sure you are up to date with these. Also, it is a good idea to get tested before you go on your trip and stay home after the test and before the trip.

corona testing
corona testing

Choosing the mode of transportation

Whichever mode of transportation you choose, there will definitely be some risk involved. With the technology used to circulate and purify the air, there is very little chance of spreading any virus. But, again you will be in the airport for a long period of time standing in line and coming in proximity with people, which does increase your chance of getting coronavirus. If you travel by bus or train, you will be in a closed area with many people and might not necessarily be able to meet the 6 feet social distancing requirement. If you decide to rent a car or an RV, you will not be exposed to many people, but you will have to make multiple stops in public places. So, choose wisely on the mode of transport you are interested in, based on the level of precaution you can take.

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wearing a mask while waiting for public transportation

While Traveling

If you are traveling in public transportation make sure you wear a mask at all times, except while eating or drinking. Follow CDC’S guidelines on selecting, cleaning, and using a mask. When you wear a mask, wear it properly. Cover your nose as well. Many people prefer to wear a mask below the nose, not sure why!! So, please wear your mask or face covering properly. If you prefer wearing a face shield, go with it. Use sanitizers as needed. Do not touch on surfaces unnecessarily. Make contact with other people minimum and maintain 6 feet distancing from others if possible. Also, do not touch around your face- eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Also, make sure you have some extra masks and sanitizers handy, as it is better to have these things extra than not have them at all.

Where to stay?

One of the sad things about coronavirus is that you might get it and not have any symptoms at all. This can increase the spread as one will think they are fine as they don’t have any symptoms. So, it is best to not stay with your relatives, for your and their safety. If you decide to stay with your relatives, it is best to practice social distancing and continue wearing masks. If you decide to stay at a hotel or other accommodation like an Air BnB, you will be minimizing contact with other people, which is definitely good in controlling the spread of the virus. But, you will have to make sure that you are also safe. So, make sure you wash your hands properly and use sanitizer as needed. Maintain 6 feet distancing from staff and other people at your accommodation.

Use sanitizer
Use sanitizer

Follow the Guidelines of your Destination

Each destination has its own guidelines. Make sure you are well acquainted with the restrictions the state or city has imposed and the guidelines that they have advised you to follow. Besides some unique restrictions, wearing a mask is mandatory in most places when outdoors. So, make sure you are wearing your mask all the time, besides just following a rule, it is important to wear a mask to protect yourself and others. Use sanitizer whenever necessary, avoid touching unnecessary surfaces, avoid contact with people, maintain 6 feet distancing and wash hands. Also, make sure that you have enough supply of masks and sanitizers and, also that they are handy.

wash your hands
wash your hands

Avoid Mass Gatherings

There have been many instances where the spread of coronavirus has been linked to mass gatherings. So when you get to your destination, avoid any place where there is a mass gathering of people, like crowded bars, restaurants, stadiums, parades, etc. Or, even while you are walking around, avoid streets that have a lot of people in close proximity.

mass gathering
mass gathering

After your travel

After your travel get tested within few days. If the result is negative, self-quarantine for 7 days. But, if the result is positive, self-quarantine until your test comes back negative. Not everyone wants to get tested, so if you decide not to get tested after traveling, CDC suggests you self-isolate for 10 days after your travel. Keep a check on your health as you might get symptoms a few days after your travel. Besides this, don’t meet people who are at increased risk due to underlying health conditions. Continue wearing a mask when in a shared space with others and diligently use sanitizer and wash hands whenever necessary.

self quarantine
self-quarantine

I hope this article was helpful for you, while you are planning to travel. Enjoy your visit and travel safely, for you and others.

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