Know this before you travel during the Pandemic..
Can you really travel without risk during an outbreak of coronavirus?
Unfortunately, traveling during a coronavirus outbreak is not completely safe or risk-free, regardless of your age, health, or the country you are visiting. Although the mortality rate of people affected by COVID-19 appears to be quite low, it is advisable to avoid traveling as much as possible to prevent any possibility of infection. This is because people can return from travel without any corona virus symptoms or health problems, but they can still become infected and spread the virus to others. Following are some things to consider before traveling.
Age: People who are more likely to be affected by complications of coronavirus disease are over eighty years of age. However, the mortality rate among individuals in the age group of 10–39 has been found to be relatively low, that is, about 0.2 percent. It still does not ensure that young children and adults are less likely to become infected, only that the disease will not be fatal to them. If they show any symptoms of the disease, they should differentiate themselves from others as they may otherwise spread the virus around.
Medical history: People with underlying medical conditions are also more likely to become seriously ill with coronaviruses than healthy people. If you have any respiratory or heart disease, diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, etc., then you need to avoid traveling.
The country you are about to visit: Coronavirus infection cases have reached 130,000 worldwide, and the figures are also steadily increasing. Most of the cases occurred in China, where the virus first originated, but there are other affected areas around the world, as well as thousands of cases such as Italy, Iran and South Korea. Therefore, as a precaution, the CDC has issued a warning against travel to these countries, unless it is extremely important. This does not mean that it is safe to travel to countries with a relatively small number of reported cases. Also, if you are returning from a high-risk country, you will have to go into self-quarantine, even if you are not infected.
Should you reconsider your travel plans during the coronavirus epidemic?
Countries around the world are taking proactive steps to stop the virus from spreading and to protect its citizens from it. Many countries have banned entry or lifted visa exemptions for people traveling from China, Italy, South Korea and Iran. Many areas and states in the US have closed their schools in the midst of the outbreak, and Italy has been completely isolated by April. Therefore, while the coronavirus is still actively spreading, your travel plans are likely to be affected.
Novel coronavirus is relatively new, and many things about the virus are still unknown. Therefore, health officials are constantly making efforts to warn people to avoid making non-essential travel to the affected areas and stay away from public ceremonies. Those who are living in the affected area are advised to stay at home as much as possible.
However, if travel is necessary or you are traveling to a low-risk place, then you need to make sure that you are prepared with all necessary measures to protect yourself and others.
Protect yourself with coronavirus on the go
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), if you travel during an outbreak of COVID-19, you need to follow certain rules and precautions to protect yourself.
Wash your hands frequently: This is undoubtedly the most important thing you can do to reduce your chances of contracting coronavirus disease. Make sure it is not just a quick rinse with soap and water. Whenever you get a chance, you need to wash your hands for at least twenty to thirty seconds, especially after arriving in public places or if you have taken a means of public transport. If you have gone somewhere by flight, then wash your hands after leaving the airport.
Always keep hand sanitizer gel with you. If you do not have soap and water, put a few drops of sanitizer gel and rub it on your hands and wrists. It is advisable to use a sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol content. Be sure to clean your hands frequently and thoroughly.
Remember to avoid touching your face with your hands without washing it: Do not touch your face until you have thoroughly cleaned your hands and especially when you are in a public place. It has been found that novel coronaviruses can remain on surfaces for hours after being touched by an infected person. It can easily spread to someone who comes in contact with the object through their mouth, nose and eyes.
Keep your distance: The symptoms of coronavirus disease are similar to that of common flu or cold. So, if you see someone is coughing, sneezing or has any common signs of flu, try to stay at least three feet away from that person. It’s possible to contract the virus through respiratory droplets by cough or sneeze.
Stay in a place with good hygiene and cleanliness: If you have to stay in a hotel during your travel, book a trusted place where you know hygiene and cleanliness is maintained. It’s always better to check-in with the hotel staff and management to ensure your room is thoroughly cleaned. You can also sweep frequently-touched objects with a disinfectant or cleaning spray yourself.
Avoid crowds: Crowds are the worst place to be during the coronavirus outbreak. If you’re travelling to a place with a large number of Coronavirus cases, stay away from any place with a lot of people.
Research about the Coronavirus outbreak in the country you are visiting: Whenever you’re visiting a place, check what the health and government officials are advising in the country and do exactly what is said. Usually, the rules to protect yourself from the virus are the same wherever you go.
Wear a mask and seek medical help if you develop symptoms: If you develop the symptoms of the COVID-19, wear a mask so that you don’t further spread the virus and infect other people. Isolate yourself and seek medical help immediately.