December 2019, since the reports of coronavirus has been increasing globally it has also given hope for recovery and safe travelling to certain travelers across the globe! With over 10,186,561 people have been infected and almost 502,986 have died around the world, the virus continues to have a global impact leaving countries to establish travel advisories and rules, leading airlines and cruises to cancel their routes.
People are cancelling booked trips and are being cautioned by health officials to limit all non essential travel plans, but what to do if it’s an urgent travel? Say it international or domestic trip, that you can’t avoid!? If you happen to travel during this outbreak, how can you protect yourself & reduce the risk of travelling amid this coronavirus pandemic? Read below and find out in detail.
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How to travel without any risk during coronavirus outbreak? What steps to follow to have a safe journey during this pandemic situation?
Though there are many restrictions still in place, travel is slowly starting up again. People locked down for months want to stretch their legs, see something other than the boring daily WFH routine and also boost the travelling economy. Restaurants and some tourist attractions are opening for local and domestic travel. A few countries (Germany, Greece, Italy, etc.) are starting to welcome international travelers.
Although the mortality rate of people who were/are affected with the COVID-19 appears to be quite low, it’s recommended to avoid travelling as much as possible to prevent the chances of infection. This is mainly because, people may return from a trip without any symptoms of the coronavirus or health issues, but the may still be infected and could spread the virus to others. Here’s a few checklist/points to consider before you travel.
The country/state/area you plan to visit: Check the travel restrictions the country has raised amid the pandemic, Forbes have mentioned it clearly on how each countries have put across their rules and regulations on travelling and following the quarantine rules.
Travelling from a high risk country/state/area could make you undergo a complete self quarantine even if you are not infected.
Age factor: People above the age of 80 are most likely to to be affected by the complications of coronavirus, however people in between 10-39 years of age have shown low mortality rates, this till doesn’t imply that younger children and adults have a lower chance of infection. It’s just that they could possibly take the risk of travelling during coronavirus pandemic & the disease won’t turn fatal for them.
Medical history: By now you might have come across several articles stating how the virus is more prone to those who have certain medical conditions. If you have any respiratory or cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, hypertension, etc. It’d be better to avoid travelling.
Should you avoid travelling plans during coronavirus pandemic?
All the countries are taking active measures to prevent the spreading of virus and protect their citizens from it. Countries have come with their own rules and plans on arranging travel for citizens who are in needy situations.
If you have done the basic check on how the specific country has made rules on travelling, staying and being in quarantine, and you feel confident about the travelling plan, make sure that you are ready with all the necessary measures to protect yourself as well as others.
How to keep yourself safe while travelling?
According to World Health Organization (WHO), you need to follow certain rules and precautions to keep yourself safe if you travel during COVID-19 outbreak.
- Wash your hands frequently
- Keep a hand sanitizer gel with you
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
- Keep your distance
- Avoid crowds
- Research more about the country/state/area that you are visitng
- Wear a mask and seek medical help if you develop symtpoms