Traveling may probably increase the risk of being exposed to the COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself and your family members is to stay home. You may feel good and have no symptoms, but you may still be infected. It's better to stay home and postpone or cancel upcoming travel during the COVID-19 pandemic if it's not an essential trip. Also, do not travel if you feel sick, or you have interacted with a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
In spite of coronavirus-related measures, the virus is still here!
What to Consider While Traveling During the Pandemic?
Leaving vacation days behind is not healthy, but traveling during a pandemic may be both challenging and risky. Here are the most general measures you need to consider before organizing your trip.
Where do you go?
The risk of virus exposure is bigger when you travel and visit shared places like restaurants, cafes, or public restrooms. Thus, the first thing you need to do is understand whether the place you are going to visit is safe enough.
The infection rate differs from location to location. For instance, if you live in Los Angeles, where the infection rate is one of the highest, traveling to Wyoming may not be so risky.
Type of Transportation
What to choose, an airplane or a private car? Actually, the risk of traveling by air is much greater than using a car or other types of transportation means.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the risk of virus spread is pretty low onboard, as most of the modern aircraft have sufficient air circulation and flight staff strongly follows the mandatory protocol.
However, the risk of virus exposure starts at the airport, especially big-city airports. This is a place where many people are gathering from different areas. Thus, if you have an essential trip, you would better choose a private car, but it's not necessarily safer than staying home.
Where to Stay?
When you are planning your trip, stopping in a hotel is what comes to mind first. Many hotels all over the world have already applied risk-reduction protocols to eliminate the risk of COVID-19 spread. Apart from wearing masks and maintaining social distance, they shut down common gathering areas and started to host fewer guests to keep the risk of exposure as low as possible.
What you'll be doing?
Actually, you can do plenty of things without encountering the virus, such as hiking and camping. You also can eat out in restaurants that follow CDC rules. Avoid being in enclosed places, such as cinemas, theaters, museums, or public events where the risk of virus spread is extremely high. Always be alert and never jeopardize yourself and people around you.
Measures to Stay Safe While Traveling
While planning your trip, you need to make sure to check the travel restrictions both in your local area and where you want to travel. For instance, some states require self-quarantine if you are an out-of-state visitor.
Here is the CDC guideline on how to protect yourself from the COVID-19:
- Wearing a mask in public places, whether indoor or outdoor facilities, by covering both nose and mouth,
- Keep a social distance of 6 feet while interacting with people,
- Periodically, wash your hands with soap and use sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol,
- Avoid communicating with sick people,
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and month.