Travel bans for local and international flights are set to take place in most of the countries affected and not affected by COVID-19. However, here are some of the critical questions and answers that every traveler needs to know now.
Is it safe to go on vacation in another country?
As of the moment, check if the country you are traveling to is in the Level 3 health advisory and if yes, then it’s best to reconsider your travel to these countries because of the Coronavirus. A lot of countries in the world have confirmed cases of coronaviruses, and they are taking precautionary measures to restrict travel mobility.
This advisory should not be taken lightly. According to the epidemiology and infectious diseases at Cornell University Public Health, though you are not prohibited from traveling abroad, the advisory is a suggestion that should be taken.
Is it safer to travel by land?
According to Dr. Krutika Kuppalli, the infectious diseases physician and vice-chair of the Infectious Diseases Society of America Global Health Committee, the issue of traveling is not whether it’s safe to travel by land or air.
It’s recommended to avoid nonessential travel, regardless of the means, in order to promote social distancing. It’s essential to stay close to your home and prevent spreading the outbreak.
Remember that it’s not about the journey, but it’s about what you’re going to do in your destination, where you will have close contact with crowds.
What should I do if I’m stuck abroad?
According to the CDC, common-sense measures should be applied by travelers abroad, and this includes:
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Sanitize your hand by using 70% alcohol.
- Do not touch your face with unwashed hands.
- Avoid crowded places such as schools and mass gatherings.
- Stay indoors.
What are the precautionary measures that I can take?
Always make sure that you bring your hygiene essentials and personal sanitation items. If you are staying in a hotel or cabin, always sanitize the surfaces of your room. Remote controls, such as for the TV and the air conditioning, must be placed in a plastic wrap.
Always use your cutlery and use your reusable water bottle. Wipe down the tables, chairs, armrests, and other surfaces because you start any meals.
When it comes to food consumption, avoid ordering raw meat. Do not visit any wet market or places where animals are dressed or butchered. Avoid eating finger foods and street foods as well.
Now that you’re convinced to stay at home during social distance or home quarantine, what’s next? Here are some of the things you can do when stuck at home or abroad:
1. Work from Home
The government and private sectors are giving individuals the option to work from home for social distance to be effective. Be productive and create a corner in your home where you can maintain your regular working hours and routine.
2. Study Online
There are a lot of free and paid resources online where you can either enhance your skills or learn new skills. You can also use apps and websites to teach your children at home!
3. Clean Your Home
With the threat of the Coronavirus, it’s essential to have a safe and clean home for you and your family. This might be the right time to deep clean your home with your kids and teach them to do household chores.
4. Exercise and Eat Clean
Check out how you can do at home workouts during quarantine as there are a lot of exercise videos online. While you’re at it, you can also explore cooking and learning a few recipes using the produce you have. Let us all try to stay fit and healthy!