With the detection of novel Coronavirus, the whole population, across the world, is at a major health risk. The virus has infected millions of people worldwide and the infection rate is still increasing. Being a new viral strain, the scientists are not well-aware of the infectious characteristics of this virus. Therefore, no potential vaccine and cure have been discovered yet. The only way to escape the infection is to observe precautionary measures.
The two most recommended preventive measures are social distancing and maintaining personal hygiene. Scientists and public health experts urge people to stay at home and go outside only if it is VERY necessary. If in any case, one needs to travel, there are some SOPs to follow. These SOPs can help the traveler to prevent the infection and ensure protection against the virus.
Some of the most important preventive measures for travelers include;
- Washing hands thoroughly
- Avoid touching eyes and face
- Keeping a safe distance from the crowd
- Wearing a protective face covering
- No open coughing or sneezing
- Carrying a sanitizer and spare masks
Hand washing is one of the safest and reliable means of avoiding viral contact. Thus, if you are traveling during the pandemic, it is advised to carry an antiseptic soap with you and wash your hands often. There are chances that you may contract the virus by touching a surface i.e. frequently touched by others, after coughing or sneezing, etc. If you’ll touch your eyes, nose, or face with the same hand, the risk of the infection increases. However, washing your hands can save you!
If you don’t have soap or if there is no water available, a hand sanitizer can serve the purpose well. Make sure you carry one with you. Plus, your hand sanitizer should contain at least 60% of alcohol. While using a sanitizer, cover all surfaces of your hands and rub until it feels dry.
Always cover your face with a protective covering e.g. medicated or surgical masks, N95 respirators, KN95 respirators, etc. They provide a barrier between your mouth and infectious air particulates. They filter the air that reaches your mouth and nose and don’t let the virus enter your body.
Avoid handshakes and hugs. Keep a safe distance (at least 6ft.) from people. Try not to cough and sneeze in open areas and protect others as well.
If you are traveling on your own, try not to stop for food and bathroom breaks. Make sure to prepare your food for the trip. Prefer eating it in your vehicle, if not then stop by a place that is open enough to practice social distancing. Make sure to wash your hands before and after the meal. Anticipate your travel needs. Bring your medicines and water bottles. In case you are acquiring a public accommodation/lodge, make sure to clean or disinfect it as per the CDC’s guidelines. Follow all the obligatory state and local travel restrictions to keep yourself and others safe!