From airport security lines to cramped gas stations, hotels to public restrooms, travel often involves close contact with others. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reminded us that "being at home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick." But sometimes travel is a necessity. Whether it's for the family or to fight cabin fever and go on a camping trip, knowing tips for safe travel during COVID-1
To protect yourself and others:
- Think of the risks. If you plan to travel by plane, train or bus, you should think about closeness to yourself and your level of comfort before you decide to go. If you are staying in a hotel, you can check the website to see what precautions they take and whether amenities such as restaurants, gym or pool are open. Also check the hotel cancellation policy if you decide not to go.
- Practice proper hygiene. Hygiene is just as important when traveling as at home. Wash your hands with soap and water frequently and wear hand sanitizers (containing at least 60% alcohol) before entering or leaving public places. Avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth. Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face mask when you are around others (recommended by the CDC) and also keep your distance from others.
- Pack snacks for the trip. To avoid unnecessary stops at gas stations, grocery stores or restaurants, pack non-perishable food, healthy snacks and plenty of water.
- Clean up your surroundings. Often clean and disinfect affected areas along your journey. This includes vehicle and steering wheel door handles, luggage handles, hotel surfaces such as door handles, light switches, taps and telephones.
- Familiarize yourself with medical care nearby. Even if you travel to a remote destination away from others, the CDC explains: "Camping at a time when a large part of the United States is experiencing a societal spread of COVID-19 can pose a risk to you if you come into close contact with other or share public facilities (such as toilets or picnic areas) at campsites or along the trail. ”When traveling, it is a good practice to pack necessary items as a first aid kit and know the way to the nearest hospital if you need medical attention.  Check the guidelines for state, local and employers Before you go on any type of trip, check the permits and local guidelines at your final destination, along your route and at any planned stops. See if it is safe in the region you plan to visit and check local regulations often for updates.Also check with your employer for personal travel policies that may be in effect during this time.
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