Traveling during Covid-19: How to be Prepared
The spread and development of vaccines against the COVID-19 pandemic herald its near end, but it will not happen overnight.
In the meantime, continue to take precautions to protect yourself and others in everyday life and in travel. If you take the full course of the virus vaccination, you are more likely to catch it, but when traveling internationally there can still be a risk of infection with new variants of COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends avoiding travel until the full vaccination has been taken when possible.
When considering travel, consider the following questions:
When considering travel, consider the following questions:
1- Have you been vaccinated against COVID-19?
If possible, get vaccinated. If the vaccine requires two doses, wait after getting the second travel dose. Your body takes time to build up protection after any vaccination.
2- Are you at risk of developing a serious illness?
Anyone can contract the virus, but older adults and people of any age with certain medical conditions and immune deficiencies are at increased risk of developing serious complications from the virus.
3- Do you live with someone who is at risk of developing a serious illness?
If you become infected while traveling, you can pass the virus on to the people you live with when you return, even if you don’t have symptoms.
4- Does your home or destination have requirements or restrictions on travelers?
Even if you are fully vaccinated, you must follow screening and travel laws.
During travel tips:
Whether you are vaccinated against COVID-19 or not, we advise you to take these steps to protect yourself and others when traveling:
- Keep a distance of 6 feet (2 meters) between yourself and others as much as possible
- Avoid getting close to anyone you suspect is sick
- Limit contact with frequently touched surfaces, such as elevator buttons and kiosks. If you must touch these surfaces, use hand sanitizer or wash your hands immediately afterward
- Wear a face mask in indoor and outdoor public places where there is a high risk of transmission of COVID-19, such as a crowded place or a large gathering.
- Avoid touching the eyes, nose, and mouth
- Cover your face when coughing and sneezing
- Wash your hands often, and if soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
- Refrain from eating or drinking on public transport, this way you keep your mask on your face all the time
What to Pack?
When it’s time to pack for your trip, grab any medications you may need on your trip and these essential safe travel essentials:
If you feel unwell, it is a good idea to do a self-examination, since many public places require a temperature scan, you can check your temperature yourself before leaving or entering anywhere.
- Face Mask
Most public transportation, airlines, and public places are required to wear a face mask. We recommend that you put more than one mask in your different bags so that you do not have to search for one when you can easily find it.
- Hand Sanitizer
One of the most important things that every person should have, the sanitizer is very important in eliminating any bacteria and germs that may have transferred to your hands.
- Sterile Wipes
Besides keeping your hands clean, make sure there is a way to keep surfaces clean. Wiping down tables, doorknobs, and other surfaces will help you feel safe and get rid of hidden gems.
Pack all of your medicines in your hand luggage and make sure you have enough in case of an emergency.
- Prepackaged snacks
To eliminate the need to go to the store for snacks, plan ahead and bring along some of your favorite ready-made snacks. This will help reduce hunger and limit your wanderings.
- Books and entertainment
With the current social distancing laws, we have to get creative with our entertainment choices. Find ways to keep yourself occupied If you have time at the airport or anywhere to wait, read a book, or listen to your favorite podcast.
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