Travel Tips During Coronavirus Outbreak

World Health Organization has explained Coronavirus as a large family of respiratory viruses that can cause diseases that can range from the common cold to the MERS (Middle-East Respiratory Syndrome) and the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). This disease may cause illness in humans or animals.

WHO has characterized Coronavirus as “a pandemic”.

Here’s a little background of Coronavirus – It was originated in Wuhan, the capital of the province Hubei, which is under strict quarantine as of now. The disease spread from China to Italy and then was passed on to other countries resulting in the COVID-19 outbreak in 192 countries.

The second most affected country after China is Italy, which is dealing with more than 59,000 cases and currently, there is a nationwide lockdown around the globe.

Keeping the current situation in mind, the World Health Organization has suggested against the application of trade restrictions or Travel to Countries or in fact, within the country as well.

Even if you are required to travel during COVID-19 breakdown, you need to make certain precautions for the betterment of yourself and others as well. The following segment of the article will be divided into three parts – before travel, during travel, and after travel.

Before Travel

  • You must schedule an appointment with your health professional. Travel only if they allow you to do so otherwise refrain from doing so.
  • You should make sure that you have updated health insurance for the Country you’re Planning to Visit.
  • For those who have to take medicines regularly or those who belong to vulnerable groups should take enough amount of time to make sure that you’re ahead of your trip.
  • You must make sure to check and re-check the situation of the country/state/city you are supposed to visit.

During Travel

*These are the precautions you can not afford to avoid.*

  • You must wash your hands regularly – especially post coughing and sneezing; before and after the handling of food and beverages.
  • Ensure to avoid touching your own eyes, mouth, and nose.
  • Make sure to cover your nose and mouth while sneezing or coughing.
  • For those who present the symptoms of respiratory disease, i.e. fever, cold, cough, breathing difficulties you must avoid contact with them.
  • You must ensure to avoid contact with people if you have any of the symptoms of the disease.
  • It is generally not recommended to use face masks. You should use masks only if you counter with any of the symptoms.
  • In case you use facemasks, ensure that you continue to use all the prescribed precautions to reduce the risk of the transmission of COVID-19.

After Travel

  • Even though you don’t present any symptoms, you must monitor your health for 14 days post your travel.
  • If you present any symptoms such as fever or other respiratory issues (coughing, breathing difficulties) Stay at Home and contact your health professional and do mention your recent travel history.

It is suggested to not to travel for a few months for your safety and others. Travel only if it is necessary otherwise stay indoors and be safe.

Spend quality time with your loved ones.

Stay Healthy. Stay Happy. 🙂

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