Amidst the outbreak of Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, concerns are growing among travellers whether it’s safe to travel or not. While the virus was initially contained within China, it has slowly begun to spread in other countries as well, out of which Italy, Iran, and South Korea are worst hit. Although the numbers are not as staggering as China, travellers still remain concerned.
Is it still safe to travel? Should you cancel or postpone your travel plans? Which countries should you avoid travelling to? And if you must travel, what are the precautionary measures to take while travelling? Here, we try to answer some of the important questions most travellers seek answers to.
Is it Safe to Travel?
It totally depends on the place you are travelling to. According to CDC’s (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention) Travel Health Notices, all non-essential travel should be avoided to People’s Republic of China, South Korea, Italy, Iran and Venezuela. It is up to your assessment if you really need to be there. You can call in for a virtual meeting if that serves the purpose of your visit, or see if the trip can be rescheduled for some time later in the year. If you still cannot risk cancelling the trip, it is advised to take all precautionary measures before your travel.
If you are travelling to any other country with low, negligent, or zero spread of Coronavirus, you shouldn’t be much worried. However, it is always a good idea to take all the precautionary measures to steer clear from any sort of infection.
How to avoid being infected while travelling?
No matter where you travel, there is always a risk of coming into contact with a person who has travelled recently to infected areas. Following basic hygiene habits can keep you protected from being infected while travelling.
When travelling, you come in contact with a lot of things that may be carrying infections. Make sure to clean your hands regularly. Carry a hand sanitiser with you at all times and use it at regular intervals if you are unable to wash your hands. Washing your hands for a minimum of 20 to 30 seconds is recommended.
Keep your hands to yourself and do not touch things that others may have touched. In case, you have to touch a surface that may be carrying infection, wash/clean your hands immediately.
Carry a protective mask with you and keep your face and nose covered when in public places.
Remember that wearing masks and cleaning hands do not guarantee full protection, therefore refrain from touching your eyes, mouth, and nose with your hands, especially when unwashed.
Keep a check on what you drink and eat. Always drink bottled water and eat thoroughly cooked food gone through quality checks. Also, do not eat anything that has been left exposed for a long time.
Keep away from animals and poultry. And, always mind your surroundings. If someone around you seems to show the symptoms of cold and flu, try to maintain your distance.