With the COVID-19 roaming here with us, you might be having a lot of questions. These can be related to when to travel, and where to travel. Apart from that government has made it mandatory to take an antigen fit to fly test before you begin your travel. You should also be concerned about which means of travel are safe for use at the moment. The pandemic is forcing people to reconsider their decisions on where they want to go. They also have to plan better on how they will reach there and the guidelines they need to follow. COVID-19 has redefined the travelling systems, but there is still hope since people can travel and maintain safety. Whenever an individual is planning to travel, they should be considerate of any outcome that may occur. They should choose an approach that will help keep those travelling with them and themselves safe.
You should be able to understand immediate concerns related to travel. Check whether the virus is spreading in the area you are headed to or is spreading in your community. Whether you will have to go through mandatory quarantine and day 2&8 tests. Whether you will be able to maintain social distance. Also, whether there is any individual travelling with you that is at risk of contracting the virus. Check whether you live with any individual who is at risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus.
What Doctors Say
Dr Khabbaza says, “As long as we apply our everyday precautions to our travels, the risks can be minimized significantly. We can do this by maintaining distance and wearing a mask around those who are outside of our small circles. Also, keeping our hands sanitized and not touching our eyes, nose or mouth if our hands are not clean. Being in environments where mask compliance is strong is also important in minimizing risk. It also keeps the occurrences of COVID-19 transmission low”. Our vehicles are one of the safest ways to travel. Although, it is always better to take the antigen fit to fly test to detect any infection. It might be mandatory too. But, when we travel in our vehicle the chances of contacting strangers are minimum.
Even while you travel and you had yourself tested with a kit purchased from a government-approved list of providers, it is still important to follow precautions. This will keep you and your fellow travellers safe. It is also good not to believe in any type of rumours or myths about coronavirus.
Cleaning and disinfecting your car
Ensure that you wipe down all the surfaces that are touchable. These include the windows, the steering wheel, seat belts and even door handles. You can also get antibacterial wipes as well as hand sanitisers. Passengers can clean and sanitize their hands after every stop. It is also important to keep the number of people travelling with you low. Minimize the number of people in your vehicle. It is impossible to keep enough social distancing in a vehicle. This is one way of trying to protect individuals from contracting the COVID-19 virus. Since it is impossible in a vehicle, the best thing to do is to limit the number of people travelling. In air travel, the number of people you contact might be very high. Therefore, the government has made it mandatory to take an antigen fit to fly test before you board a plane.
Always have your masks on
Keep your masks on. Putting on your mask properly will not hurt you in any way. It will help protect not only yourself but also the people who are travelling with you. Vaccination can help keep you safe. Go for vaccination. World Health Organization has approved vaccines for the COVID-19 virus which are helping protect people against the virus. If you are planning to travel, it is advisable to go for the vaccination. It is also better to wait for two weeks before travelling. This will give your body time to build protection after the vaccine. When one is fully vaccinated, one is less likely to spread the virus. But it is also worth noting that vaccination rates vary with destination. You may also require to go through a quarantine when you land at your destination. In the UK you will have to clear the day 2&8 tests to end your quarantine.
Understanding health conditions
Understand your health condition as well as those around you. Understanding your health condition will help you minimize the rate of you getting infected. It is important to understand that people with underlying health issues are highly vulnerable to this virus. Therefore they should take extra care of themselves. It is better to do all types of tests before you start your travel. Your doctor can help you in this matter. The other thing you need to consider while making your plans to travel is the people around you. You should consider if these people are at any risk of getting infected. This may be due to their age or due to their health status. Remember, any decision you make will not just affect your own life. But it will also affect those close to you including friends, relatives and even the community at large.
Local area COVID restrictions
Understand your local area restrictions and requirements. There are different local requirements and restrictions when it comes to COVID-19 protocols, depending on the area. In some areas, people may not observe the wearing of masks. But again they might have other restrictions such as curfews. It’s also good to understand that these restrictions may vary depending on the conditions of an area. We would also advise you to avoid eating while travelling. You can improve your safety by avoiding eating and drinking while on public transportation. This will help ensure that you keep your mask on all the time. Thus it will also help in reducing your risk of getting infected with the virus.
Always consider your safety as well as those of others first. Keep in mind that even the best-laid plans and protocols may need to be laid aside whenever illness comes up. Therefore, keep yourself safe by avoiding public places, especially if you are feeling sick. This will not only protect your life but unwanted expenditures on medicines.