The advent of the novel coronavirus has put an end to quite a lot of things. There aren’t places of public gathering anymore and things like traveling have become an almost foreign concept now. However, if you’re going to be moving around a lot domestically (if you can) there are ways you can go about while ensuring your maximum safety at the same time.
Maintaining good health is a major priority now, more than ever.
So listed below are a few measures you can put in place to make certain that you put yourself at less risk of contracting and/or spreading COVID-19.
Don’t Use Public Means of Transportation to Move About
There are generally a lot of benefits to using public means of transportation such as them being cheaper, perhaps easier to access or being just convenient on the whole. However, if you want to stay safe, then it’s best you steer clear of all modes of public transportation. The reason for this is simple. The kind of confined spaces that naturally come with public transportation automatically means that the various basic safety measures you ought to observe become virtually impossible to do.
For example, moving to the airport in a public transport vehicle means that most likely, observing the minimum distance of 6-feet from the other passengers in the vehicle becomes basically impossible. In addition, due to how confined air mobility will be in the vehicle, the chances of any airborne disease being transmitted increases significantly. What all of this means is that it’s best you either take your own private vehicle or have someone who has been in close proximity to you over the past 14 days drive you. Alternatively, you could get a taxi. However, if you absolutely must use public transport, don’t touch anything in the vehicle you don’t have to, make sure your nose mask is on at all times and sanitize thoroughly once you alight.
Keep Your Protective Gear on at All Times
A preventive measure against this disease being stressed by the Centre for Disease Control is the use of protective gear like nose guards. This preventive measure can work to protect you from contracting the disease from other people or, should you have somehow contracted it without being aware, protect those around you from getting it as well.
The best type of guard recommended by the CDC is one that fully covers your nose and your mouth whenever you’re in public. However, as a result of how significantly this pandemic has affected most states, a good number of stores run out of this protective equipment very quickly. If you find yourself in such an area, the CDC offers a step by step guard on how you can make a protective cover yourself using simple materials you can secure anywhere at home. Please note that for their safety, you aren’t to put these coverings on children under the age of two (2). Also, as the covering can significantly impair breathing, people with pre-existing breathing difficulties aren’t to wear them as well. Lastly, the moment you put on the guard, avoid touching your face without first thoroughly sanitizing your hands.
Opt For Traveling Arrangement Options That Reduce the Need For Contact
A good portion of these sorts of traveling arrangements have been available for quite a while. Some, on the other hand started being implemented after COVID-19 became a major threat. To increase your chances of staying healthy and safe, take advantage of as many of these options available to you as possible.
An individual’s chance of contracting this illness increases as the person increases points of physical contact. To stay safe, you want to reduce these points. As such, some ideal practices you can adopt when flying include downloading your boarding pass on your mobile phone after you must have checked into your flight online. This method of approach saves you the need to physically hand over your ticket. Contact with TSA security is unavoidable to an extent as it is still very important you tender your means of identification. However, the TSA has also adopted some practices that’ll make the entire process a bit less risky for you.
The same also goes for airline agencies. From implementing the Delta boarding style to ensuring all travelers maintain the appropriate social distancing length, following these regulations strictly will also aid in protecting you. You can use a carry-on to move your things, thus preventing any unnecessary contact with the desk agent, and having several people touch your bag.
Maintain a High Level of Hygiene and Constantly Sanitize
Hygiene is important, now more than ever. At every stop you make, from arriving at the airport to passing security and so on, locate the nearest bathroom and get yourself cleaned up once you’re through. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap for at least twenty (20) seconds under running water. In the absence of soap, you can just rinse your hands for twenty (20) seconds and then apply a hand sanitizer that contains an alcohol percentage of nothing less than 60. To help with this, the TSA has positively reviewed the quantity of hand sanitizer you can carry with you. As an added precaution, don’t forget to use sanitizing wipes to clean any surface or part of the airplane you know you must touch. Most of these wipes come with a guide of sorts on how to use them. Pay extra attention to the length of time it recommends you wait after having just wiped a surface.
Opt For a Seat By the Window and Limit Your Movement
The thorough cleaning process that airlines subject their planes to in conjunction with the High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters installed in these planes make the likelihood of a virus getting spread easily on a plane very low. While the odds are low, it’s pertinent to point out that it is not impossible. As such, in addition to the sitting protocols being implemented by airlines, an added precaution you can take is to get a seat by the window and not move for the duration of your flight. This ensures that the level of contact you have with people and surfaces is very minimal.
On a final note, this disease is most easily spread among people in close proximity to each other. As such, maintain the social distance of 6-feet, as well as maintaining a high level of hygiene will certainly reduce your risk of contracting the virus.
Regardless of where your travel destination is, don’t forget that upon arrival there, the CDC strongly recommends that you quarantine yourself for a period of no less than 14 days.