Travel And The Coronavirus: Here’s What You Need To Know
As the COVID-19 is spreading around the world it is important to be well informed.
One of the things you may do before your trip is to refer to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). On CDC you can check for any travel notices. This will enable you to make a more informed decision about your travel plans.
There are various levels of travel notices the CDC has issued and they are listed below:
- Warning Level 3: Avoid all non-essential travel – This travel notices have been issued for China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea. Non-essential travel also includes any layovers in airports in the mentioned countries above.
- Alert Level 2 Practice enhanced precautions – This has been issued for Japan. Which recommends for people who have increased risk to speak with their doctor beforehand and to consider postponing their trip.
- Watch Level 1: Practice usual precautions – This travel notice has not yet been issued for any country. However, if it was issued it would mean travelers are not recommended to cancel or even postpone their trips.
While the State Department has four levels that have been issued due to the outbreak of the COVID-19.
- Level 4 “Do Not Travel” warnings for China, Iran, and the Lombardy and Veneto regions of Italy.
- Level 3: “Reconsider Travel” warnings for South Korea, Mongolia, and Italy.
- Level 2: “Exercise Increased Caution” warnings for Macau, Hong Kong, and Japan.
You may be asked to stay at home for 14 days
Be cautious if you do travel to one of the high-risk countries you may be asked to stay in home quarantine for the next 14 days. This will limit the risk of spreading the virus in case the traveler has been infected.
It is highly advised if a traveler does feel unwell to immediately contact their doctor and limit interactions with other people. If the traveler that feels unwell must leave their house it is recommended to keep a distance of at least 2 meters from other people and to please refrain from using public transportation and attending any public events or
congregate settings. Such settings may include shopping malls, stadiums, movie theaters, workplaces, and schools.
Many recommend even if you do feel well to still limit yourself from going to any congregate settings as listed above and if it is possible to work from home. This will significantly decrease the risk of you getting in contact with the virus.
Wash those hands!
Something to always keep in mind is to wash your hands well. Even when you think your hands are clean, they are most probably not. When you are unable to wash your hands regularly please use hand sanitizer or a hand wipe in between washes.
Safest place to sit is the window seat
As stated in the CDC and National Geographic if you must travel then sit by the window. By sitting by the window or closest as you can, you are limiting the likelihood of being in contact with an infected passenger. As well as minimizing using the lavatory or moving around the cabin during the flight may reduce your chances of being in contact with an infected passenger. As well as, according to the CDC due to the air filtration in airplanes the risk of infection is generally low.
If you must travel
Some people may not have an option and must travel. Therefore, it may be most beneficial for you to buy flight tickets and accommodation that have flexible cancellation policies. Usually these flight tickets and accommodations will be more expensive than regular ones, however, like this you will have the most flexibility. Easiest way for you to book flexi-tickets is through an online travel platform. The platform will enable you to find the best prices by automatically comparing the prices for you. The platform also enables you to efficiently make modifications to your trip by having a 24/7 support team.