How to Travel Safely During the Pandemic


via AL DÍA News

The CDC reccomends people to always wear masks indoors

Over the course of the COVID 19 pandemic, travel between countries has been restricted to stop the spread of the virus. This ban has negatively impacted the economy in the tourism industry, along with families who couldn’t travel for family matters. Business travel has dramatically declined, and many others were affected. Thankfully, as the spread of the virus is dwindling, travel has reopened globally. However, COVID 19 hasn’t gone away, and the highly infectious Delta Variant has recently been discovered. How can one travel safely amongst all these safety hazards? What are the necessary precautions to keep everyone healthy?

First off, people who are 12 years of age or older should be vaccinated before traveling. The COVID 19 vaccine is a definite way to keep safe, as it prevents one from being heavily infected or spreading the virus to others. The CDC recommends always wearing a mask over the nose and mouth indoors for those not fully vaccinated. On all forms of public transportation, they should avoid large crowds, maintain a physical distance of six feet from others, wash their hands often, or use hand sanitizer frequently. This is similar even for those who are vaccinated. Always wear a mask over the nose and mouth when indoors and on public transportation, practice social distancing, and follow all state mandates. In areas with a high number of COVID cases, the CDC recommends that vaccinated people keep masks on outdoors, in crowds, and when initiating close contact with those not fully vaccinated. It’s also important to avoid touching the eyes, nose, and mouths if hands aren’t sanitized. After travel, it’s crucial to self-monitor and check for any COVID 19 symptoms and isolate and self-quarantine from others just in case. Those who aren’t fully vaccinated should get tested 3-5 days after travel and self-quarantine at home for seven days. Keep in mind to avoid those who have an increased risk for severe illnesses for 14 days. In short, these are the basic guidelines and precautions in not only keeping one safe but others safe from the virus.

Now that that’s out of the way, when planning trips, it’s important for the planner to ask themselves these questions: Is COVID 19 spreading to where they’re headed? Is COVID 19 spreading in their community? Will the planner and the people they’re traveling with maintain a physical distance from others during and after their trip? Are the people they’re traveling with at high risk for the virus? Do they live with someone at high risk? Will the state or local government require them to quarantine for 14 days after traveling? If they catch COVID 19, will they have to miss some necessary duties? By asking themselves these questions, travelers can help to reduce the spread of COVID by staying cautious and making sure they aren’t risking the health of those around them when planning their trips.

Although the idea of traveling may seem exciting to most, it’s always important to keep in mind the necessary precautions to keep everyone safe from COVID 19. Stay safe, everyone!