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16th Mar, 2020

How to keep your travel safe during corona virus

You have probably noted that traveling has been huge concern for you over the last few weeks, with the corona virus (COVID-19) spreading globally. Many citizens have cancelled scheduled trips and health authorities have warned that contact with already affected countries should be minimized. Yet are you looking forward to attending an event? Perhaps you would like to take advantage of the dramatic cut in the prices of flight tickets these last few months. If for whatever reason you have wanted to fly, how do you keep yourself safe from the corona virus? This article describes the same. Read on! 

Is travel healthy during the corona virus outbreak?

Unfortunately, no one can assure you that it is completely risk-free to fly during the corona virus epidemic, irrespective of your age, safety or destination. Although corona virus fatality risk seems small and you may even return unscathed and in good health from your journey, there are some things you should remember before you travel to attend any event.  

1. Age: Elderly people, particularly those over the age of 80, are the most at risk for corona virus disease complications, while those between 10 and 39 years of age reported low fatality rates (around 0.2 percent). That doesn't mean that if you are younger you have a lower risk of infection, simply you have a lower chance that the disease will become fatal. You can also get infected and the disease can spread to others.  

2. Medical history: Individuals with pre-existing illnesses are often more likely to get severely sick from corona virus compared to those who were previously well. Reconsider flying if you are suffering from any respiratory illness especially. 

3. The city or country you want to visit: Over 130,000 confirmed cases of the corona virus have been recorded and the numbers are steadily rising. Many cases are in China, where the virus originated first, but with thousands of confirmed cases, there are other "heat zones"–many famous are Italy, Iran, and South Korea. So, the CDC has cautioned against travel to these countries as a precaution, unless it is required. Moreover, chances are that after returning from a high-risk country you will have to go into self-quarantine for two weeks, even though you are not sick. 

What should I do to keep myself safe during travelling?

When you decide that you choose to travel–either because you want to take your chances, you are traveling to a low-risk area, or the trip is important–you must ensure that you and others take the appropriate steps to protect themselves. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), if you are travelling during the COVID-19 outbreak, you must: 

1. Clean your hands regularly: This is probably the most important thing you can do to minimize the chance of contracting the corona virus. And not just a quick rinse-wash your hands with soap for every chance you get for atleast 20 to 30 seconds-particularly after being in public or traveling by public transport. If you fly by plane, wash your hands after you have left the airport. If you do not have access to soap and water, rub a hand sanitizer gel with alcohol content of atleast 60 percent on your hands and wrists. But note, the hand sanitizer is not as good as thorough soap washing. 

2. Never touch your face with hands that are not washed properly: If you have been to a public place, don't touch your face until you clean your hands thoroughly. The novel corona virus can live on surfaces for hours after an infected person has touched it, and can infect you if you touch your mouth, nose and eyes. 

3. Maintain distance from those who cough or sneeze: If you find anyone is coughing, sneezing, or exhibiting flu-like or cold-like symptoms, be sure to remain at least 1 meter (3 feet) away from them because airborne respiratory (cough or sneeze) droplets can easily spread the disease. 

Apart from the above precautions, it is important you wear a mask so that you will stay protected from the virus. So if you are young and safe, the greatest worry should not be that you are surviving the disease if you catch it, but whether you can pass it on to anyone else who is not so fortunate. Therefore, the smartest and the only thing to do is to take all the precautionary measures while you travel as the saying is rightfully said ‘’Precaution is always better than cure’’, even though the cure for corona virus is yet to be found 

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