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Posted: 06 Aug 2020 By: Rashi Chaudhary

All You Need to Know About Traveling Safely During COVID- 19

As the lockdown measures and rules are beginning to ease and travel is starting up again, many of you may be planning different trips for a variety of reasons.

Many people who were stuck when the nationwide lockdown was imposed must be willing to get back home as quickly as they can. Also, the government has allowed the reopening of some offices with considerable relaxations in places like Delhi meaning that many of you will likely need to start travelling again!

Considering the current circumstances, the risk of getting infected is higher than being at home. However, if you can’t afford to compromise on your work and travel, there are a handful of precautionary measures you need to keep in mind to curb the spread of the Coronavirus and stay protected.

Here are they:

Keep Sanitizer Handy

Alcohol-based sanitizers can remove the carriers of COVID-19 from your hands. Therefore, if you can’t wash hands frequently, keeping a sanitizer handy is a good practice to stay safe. Avoid touching your face if your hands are not clean and sanitize them properly before eating.

Maintain Social Distancing

Keep your distance even if you don’t see anyone showing symptoms of this fatal virus. As per the Hindu article, 28% of asymptomatic Coronavirus cases in India till April 30 have been reported which means it can spread through a person who is not actively showing symptoms of the virus as well. On that account, maintain at least a 1 meter distance while travelling through any means of transport.

Wear Gloves and Masks

Gloves or masks are yet another important measure that can help you prevent the spread of the virus as well as for your own personal protection. Wear the mask properly so that it covers your nose and mouth and dispose of it if it’s a single-use mask. Wear rubber gloves also to avoid the transmission of Coronavirus throughout the journey.

Keep Yourself Hydrated

Being healthy should be your top-most priority. For that, you need to stay hydrated to feel fresh, energetic and in a good mood throughout the day. Avoid sugary drinks or ones with too much caffeine while you are travelling as it can affect your overall well being and make you feel tired.

Carry chilled and chemical-free drinks like fruit juices, lassi, lemon water and coconut water to freshen up and ensure you get the various healthy nutrients you need.

Carry Tissues

To ensure safety if you sneeze or cough, take a bundle of tissues along with you. We all are accountable to maintain proper hygiene and stop the spread of germs to others.

For that reason, cough and sneeze into a tissue and throw it away immediately after using. You can either wash your hands or sanitize after disposing of the tissues so that you don’t leave germs on any surface.

Don’t Use Public Washroom

Avoid public washrooms unless it is an emergency. If you use it then sanitize the seat and put toilet paper over it. Carefully wash your hands afterwards to remove germs from your hands. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth while using the public toilet to get rid of any possible contamination.

Take a Bath

When you reach your destination, disinfect all your belongings including clothes that you are wearing and take a bath to maintain hygiene and cool off in the scorching weather during these months. Avoid touching anything barehanded until after you have showered.

Seek Medical Help

It is a good practice if you undergo self-quarantine for at least 14 days after reaching your destination. We all should stay alert to protect ourselves and everyone who surrounds us. So, if you feel uneasy then immediately go to the hospital and get yourself checked.

Final thoughts

People who are undertaking air travel, trains, public or private transport, always adhere to the recommended precautions to stay safe while travelling during the Coronavirus outbreak.

As the relenting of lockdown practices has begun with the reopening of salons, gyms, shopping malls etc, you have to stay aware of the fact that the virus is still present. Avoid stepping out unnecessarily in public places to decrease the risk of coming in contact with the infectious disease.

Don’t panic! We will definitely learn how to fight off the Coronavirus but we need to follow these measures for it to work.

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