How to Travel Safely During the Coronavirus Outbreak

How to Travel Safely During the Coronavirus Outbreak

The Coronavirus outbreak has created barriers in front of people who travel a lot. Here is some advice that will reduce the possibility of infection during your travel, and help you travel much more safely.

Method 1 of 2:
Maintaining Hygiene

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Get a ticket online. Visiting the website of any airline company could be a helpful way to track flights and get a ticket because this will prevent you from needing to purchase a ticket from an employee at the airport, thus limiting how many airline employees you come into contact with and reducing your risk of exposure. If you search the name of any airline on Google, this image will pop up. [1] X Research source
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Cover your luggage with plastic bags. Carry-on luggage should be covered to pass the checkpoints as cleanly as possible. The luggage is going to be with you for the entire trip, so the plastic bags help prevent the virus from moving from another surface onto the luggage itself. It's also important to change the bags from time to time. The virus can stay on the plastic for 3 days, and luggage bags are made up of plastic most of the time. By changing the bags frequently, you are not only preventing the Coronavirus getting into your luggage bags but are also getting rid of any virus on the bags that you would otherwise come into contact with. [2] X Research source
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Ensure that you wear a face mask at all times. Doctors have emphasized the importance of face masks since the virus can enter your body through the mouth or the nose. A bunch of face masks will be great for a whole trip because talking to people will be necessary. [3] X Research source You must also make sure that you wear your mask at all times. It is best to keep changing your masks from time to time, especially if your travel time is lengthy.
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Wear gloves. Since you will give the TSA officers your boarding pass and your ID and there will be physical contact in the airport, you should wear gloves. The gloves should be changed each hour, and your hands should not touch your face ever in a place like an airport. [4] X Research source
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Ensure your hands are clean . Since you'll keep changing your gloves from time to time, it is recommended that you use a coin-sized drop of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to clean your hands. This should be used before and after each time you use the washroom at the airport because a lot of people from around the world would have been using the same place. [5] X Research source
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Method 2 of 2:
Following the Rules and Staying Cautious

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Be aware of what is happening around you. Become aware of your surroundings. Is there anyone who looks sick around you? Is your community safe? Make sure that your surroundings are safe for you, and for others, as you must not pass the virus to your society. The same is true for the place you are trying to reach. If the infection is at a high rate at your destination, you should avoid going there. [6] X Research source
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Follow any laws or suggestions made by the government. If the state or local government where you live or at your destination require you to stay home for 14 days after traveling, you need to prepare for this as it will impact your whole trip.
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Accept the consequences. You should expect all possibilities for getting infected and plan to manage their consequences. For example, if you are supposed to attend school, you should have the ability to take courses online in case you get infected because you will not be able to join the in-person community until you completely recover from the virus. [7] X Research source
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Stay at home if you're at an increased risk. People with a serious underlying medical condition can get infected more easily. Elderly people can get easily infected as well. Hence, if you have such underlying conditions, or you are aged, try using an alternative form of travelling such as a car. [8] X Research source
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Maintain social distancing. Airports are one of the most high-risk places because people from all around the world visit them daily. You must maintain a minimum of 6 feet between you and other people. If someone gets close to you, step back and remind them to talk to you from 6 feet away. [9] X Research source
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Keep track of your health. Watch for a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or headache. If only one of these gets to you, then it might be due to travel fatigue, but multiple symptoms could be a greater risk. Contact your doctor or call the nearest hospital if you experience symptoms. A thermometer is important and it should be in your bag. You should use it daily to check your temperature.
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Test yourself for any symptoms of the virus. If possible, get tested before you leave, even if you're not experiencing active symptoms. You could be asymptomatic. Testing yourself at the hospital after you come back from the trip is important as well.
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Method 1 of 2:
Maintaining Hygiene

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1
Get a ticket online. Visiting the website of any airline company could be a helpful way to track flights and get a ticket because this will prevent you from needing to purchase a ticket from an employee at the airport, thus limiting how many airline employees you come into contact with and reducing your risk of exposure. If you search the name of any airline on Google, this image will pop up. [1] X Research source
Image titled IMG_4592
2
Cover your luggage with plastic bags. Carry-on luggage should be covered to pass the checkpoints as cleanly as possible. The luggage is going to be with you for the entire trip, so the plastic bags help prevent the virus from moving from another surface onto the luggage itself. It's also important to change the bags from time to time. The virus can stay on the plastic for 3 days, and luggage bags are made up of plastic most of the time. By changing the bags frequently, you are not only preventing the Coronavirus getting into your luggage bags but are also getting rid of any virus on the bags that you would otherwise come into contact with. [2] X Research source
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3
Ensure that you wear a face mask at all times. Doctors have emphasized the importance of face masks since the virus can enter your body through the mouth or the nose. A bunch of face masks will be great for a whole trip because talking to people will be necessary. [3] X Research source You must also make sure that you wear your mask at all times. It is best to keep changing your masks from time to time, especially if your travel time is lengthy.
Image titled Screen Shot 2020 06 10 at 2.46.02 PM.png
4
Wear gloves. Since you will give the TSA officers your boarding pass and your ID and there will be physical contact in the airport, you should wear gloves. The gloves should be changed each hour, and your hands should not touch your face ever in a place like an airport. [4] X Research source
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5
Ensure your hands are clean . Since you'll keep changing your gloves from time to time, it is recommended that you use a coin-sized drop of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to clean your hands. This should be used before and after each time you use the washroom at the airport because a lot of people from around the world would have been using the same place. [5] X Research source
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Method 2 of 2:
Following the Rules and Staying Cautious

Image titled Screen Shot 2020 06 10 at 2.50.28 PM.png
1
Be aware of what is happening around you. Become aware of your surroundings. Is there anyone who looks sick around you? Is your community safe? Make sure that your surroundings are safe for you, and for others, as you must not pass the virus to your society. The same is true for the place you are trying to reach. If the infection is at a high rate at your destination, you should avoid going there. [6] X Research source
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2
Follow any laws or suggestions made by the government. If the state or local government where you live or at your destination require you to stay home for 14 days after traveling, you need to prepare for this as it will impact your whole trip.
Image titled IMG_4533496
3
Accept the consequences. You should expect all possibilities for getting infected and plan to manage their consequences. For example, if you are supposed to attend school, you should have the ability to take courses online in case you get infected because you will not be able to join the in-person community until you completely recover from the virus. [7] X Research source
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4
Stay at home if you're at an increased risk. People with a serious underlying medical condition can get infected more easily. Elderly people can get easily infected as well. Hence, if you have such underlying conditions, or you are aged, try using an alternative form of travelling such as a car. [8] X Research source
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5
Maintain social distancing. Airports are one of the most high-risk places because people from all around the world visit them daily. You must maintain a minimum of 6 feet between you and other people. If someone gets close to you, step back and remind them to talk to you from 6 feet away. [9] X Research source
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6
Keep track of your health. Watch for a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or headache. If only one of these gets to you, then it might be due to travel fatigue, but multiple symptoms could be a greater risk. Contact your doctor or call the nearest hospital if you experience symptoms. A thermometer is important and it should be in your bag. You should use it daily to check your temperature.
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7
Test yourself for any symptoms of the virus. If possible, get tested before you leave, even if you're not experiencing active symptoms. You could be asymptomatic. Testing yourself at the hospital after you come back from the trip is important as well.
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