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Things to keep in mind while travelling, with the Coronavirus scare

Travel Safe, Stay Safe.

By Team Vacations Exotica

| 13/March/2020

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Coronavirus is spreading across the globe at an alarming rate. The COVID-19 is caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. The most common symptoms are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Declared by the WHO as a pandemic, the question if it is safe to travel anymore has become even more complicated.

WHO asserts that coronavirus is a controllable pandemic. As travelling plans seem to be in jeopardy, below are the few things you can do to while travelling to protect yourself from the disease. We aren’t just talking about travelling overseas, but even simple things like commuting to work or visiting a friend or a relative.

Stay up to date on your vaccinations. Coronavirus is a new virus and it is still being researched upon. But if you are immunosuppressed (have a weak immune system) you may be more likely to get infection. Stay updated on your vaccinations ahead of your travel. Doing so will help your immunity system against contracting possible infections. Dietary enhancements like including vitamin C boost your immunity as well.

Is air travel safe? Almost all modern aircrafts are equipped with high-efficiency air filters called as the HEPA filters. They capture 99 percent of the airborne microbes in recirculated air and are changed at regular intervals. Coronavirus can be spread via surfaces, like a plane armrest, doorknobs, etc. eating off the trays and touching the overhead vents have to be avoided as these are contaminated by touch. Use a paper towel on the trays to avoid any contact of the surface with the food. Prefer eating meals that come in a container with minimal chances of contamination by touch.

As tempting as it may seem, it is advisable to avoid street food where hygiene is almost always suspect.

Wash your hands! It seems so simple, but washing your hands reduces the risks of respiratory diseases by 16 percent. Ensure you wash your hands with water and soap as frequently as you can. In absence of soap and water during travel, you can also use an alcohol-based sanitizer. It is recommended that the alcohol content in the sanitizer should be more than 60 percent for it to be effective.

Should you wear a mask? According to WHO, if you are healthy then you only need to wear a mask while taking care of a person with suspected infection. Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing. Before you wear the mask, clean your hands using an alcohol-based sanitizer or soap and water. Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand cleaning with alcohol-based sanitizer or soap and water.

Lastly, stick to information from reliable sources. It is easy for panic to take over your plans to travel. With diligence and preparedness, you can safeguard yourself from the infection and travel without hesitation. Just make sure you wash your hands regularly with soap and water, avoid touching your face, keep yourself hydrated and eat hygienic and healthy food.