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Coronavirus: How to Stay Safe on Your Travels?

The Coronavirus has hit us badly. People have been locked down for months and they are getting sick and tired of watching the same screens. They want to stretch their legs and want to see new places. They are done binge-watching shows and movies and want to have some real adventure. Thankfully, restaurants and tourist attractions are opening up in certain states. Some countries like Italy and Greece are even beginning to welcome international travelers.

Personally, I have tried all the recipes that I watched on the Master Chef thanks to my Spectrum TV Choice. Now, I do want to dine out and I’m relieved that restaurants are opening. And while many restrictions are still intact, travel is also starting up gradually.

But things are not so simple. We will have to be more conscious than ever when we start stepping out again.

Safely Exploring the World Again

Coronavirus doesn’t seem to fade away any time soon. And that’s the bitter reality. The world today is full of potentially deadly encounters. You never know when and where you can get infected or be exposed to the virus.

Government and medics have enlightened and enforced several precautionary measures to flatten the curve and control the spread. These precautions have been reiterated and even fines are imposed on those who don’t follow. Therefore, we will not talk about them anymore.

When it comes to traveling, we have heard things such as airplanes are soaring Petri dishes for the virus. And if someone tries to opt for a seemingly safer trip via road, the concerns about using public restrooms arise.

The government still has its reservations regarding international travel. They also caution about traveling within the United States. A post-travel self-isolation period of 14 days is still imposed regardless of any symptoms.

Traveling via Airplanes

A flying metallic tube, jam-packed with passengers! Sounds challenging! According to the data to date, the in-flight transmission of Coronavirus has been rare. Medical experts suggest that if the precautionary measures are strictly followed by the passengers, the chances of virus transmission will be significantly reduced.

Many people falsely assume that they will get sick due to being on the plane. On the contrary, the quality of air in an airplane is quite good. High amounts of outdoor, clean air and all the recirculated air pass through HEPA filters.

If you compare the chances of catching the virus, it’s more on a subway, at the boarding gates, and at the airport security queues.

What are the Airlines Doing?

Airlines and airports are working to minimize the risks and possibilities of contagions.

  • Intensive cleaning is the new norm on the airports.
  • Planes are fogged with electrostatic disinfectants.
  • These disinfectants stick to the surfaces just like seatbelts.
  • Airlines are providing wipes and hand sanitizers.
  • Face coverings are mandatory to board flights.
  • The seating of the passengers is now more spacious.
  • Several airlines are check for fever before passengers board.
  • If someone’s temperature is above 100.4 they wouldn’t be allowed to fly.

In international traveling, some destinations are requiring a negative test proof of COVID-19. May destinations are testing passengers upon arrival. Some countries have mandatory quarantines for 14 days. Things like tracking bracelets and specific apps are being introduced. Eventually, vaccination certifications will be needed.

Staying in a Hotel

The hospitality industry is one of the most affected industries during this pandemic outbreak. Hotels are now trying to offer discounted vouchers. They are ensuring better care and safety measures for their employees as well as visitors.

The major challenges here are safe distancing and trustworthy housekeeping. They are providing protective equipment for their employees. The American Hotel and Lodging Association has issued some mandatory “Stay Safe guidelines” and hotels across the states are to abide by them.

Choose the properties, which base their safety protocols on science. See if the staff is wearing masks. Such things will help you determine if the hotel is abiding by the pandemic precautions.

What Should You Do?

For your own safety:

  • Avoid elevators. They may be crowded. Take the stairs.
  • Go for a swim only if the pool is not crowded.
  • Room service is a safer option than eating at a restaurant.
  • Ask about the room cleanliness procedures.
  • Wash your hands when you arrive in and leave your room.

The main thing to be concerned about is the distance from others. And you are the only one to manage it.

Using Public Restrooms

If you are on a road trip, assume that the public restrooms are not disinfected. Therefore, when you are using them, trying using well-ventilated and single-stall bathrooms. Try to keep a safe distance from others.

Pay special attention to your hand hygiene. Carry a bottle of hand sanitizer with you in case there are no soaps available. And before you purchase your sanitizer, read its ingredients just like you read what your Internet offers when you subscribe to it. No harm in being extra cautious.

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