You surely have seen that travelling has become a much-concerning activity over the last few months, with the worldwide spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Travellers are dropping booked vacations and have been advised by health authorities to limit contact with affected nations. By now, after four months of the virus outbreak, almost every person in the world recognises what Coronavirus is, and what symptoms one gets if they feel they are affected.
Today, on 17th March, the number of confirmed cases has reached 182,832, whereas the confirmed deaths are recorded to be 7,161 worldwide. Being a part of the travel communities on social media, I every day come across queries concerning the upcoming trips of travellers. So every day, a question arises from thousands of people that, "Is travelling safe, during coronavirus?"
Is Travelling Safe During Coronavirus?
I wish there was someone to say that travelling is risk-free in the current time but unfortunately there is no one who can say it confidently. Well! the airlines and other travel companies are offering tempting deals which keep our little traveller within us, awake. Other than that there are business travellers who cannot resist travelling at this time. So, for whatever reason you are travelling, there are few things to should be careful about:
What's Your Age?
According to the recent affected and death numbers, it has been observed that aged, mostly above 70 are affected a lot by the Covid 19 and relatively the younger generation have a lower chance of infection. That doesn't necessarily mean that it won't affect you. It might. Also, if you have people living with you who are above 60, you need to take care of yourself. You still might be able to fight it but it will be difficult for them to live with this virus.
Carry Your Own Cutlery
It is a much safer option to use your own utensils while you travel, as it makes sure that your dishes don't come in contact with other people.
Be Prepared to Meet New People
It is quite obvious that travellers do meet new people while travelling. So, every time you shake hands with strangers, you should wash them. And every time you hug a person you should wash your hands before touching your face.
Check Your Medical History
People those who are already suffering from bad health have the possibilities to get severely ill. In case you have any respiratory disease or anything serious you can rethink travelling, although you are young.
Check the Place You Are Visiting
With over 180,000 cases worldwide many areas in the world have been declared as the red zone i.e. too unsafe to enter. And when you return from these highly affected areas, you will be asked to isolate yourself even when there are no symptoms. So because you might be asked to self isolate you should plan your days accordingly.
Health officials are constantly warning to abandon your non-essential travel to the affected areas. Also, they are asking the citizens of that area to stay home. However, to keep yourself safe from COVID 19, you can take quick measures:
- Wash your hands frequently for about 20-30 seconds.
- Do not touch your face when your hands are unwashed.
- When you touch anything in a supermarket make sure you apply sanitizer on your hands.
- If you see someone coughing or sneezing or showing any kind of symptoms, maintain distance from them.
- Avoid crowd especially in closed areas.
- Wear a mask and seek medical assistance if you get symptoms.
So, these are some measures, you should take while you travel. Even though you are young and healthy, don't just think about surviving the disease but more importantly think that you might pass it to someone else who is not so lucky. So, be safe and keep your loved ones safe!