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Best Practices to Protect Yourself from Coronavirus During Travel

By February 26, 2020 No Comments

Traveling typically represents a very pleasant experience for millions but with the recent coronavirus outbreak, those sentiments are changing rapidly. Many travelers are concerned and anxious about their upcoming travel plans, and rightfully so. If you have a trip coming up, you don’t need to worry. There are several safety tips that you can follow in order to ensure a safe and healthy trip.

1. Get Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is a mandate in situations like these. Solid travel insurance will cover all emergency expenses abroad and give you the financial backing you need during such trying times. However, not all insurance companies offer the same benefits and many don’t cover the epidemic infections like coronavirus. Hence, you should do your due diligence before purchasing a visitor’s insurance. 

2. Hand Hygiene Is Key

The virus is known to enter the human body via respiratory droplets, which tend to live longer on surfaces. You’re quite likely to come in contact with surfaces like the escalator railing, seats, public washrooms and many such areas that have been in contact with thousands of people from all over the world. In order to stay safe, it’s imperative that you practice aggressive hand cleaning. While soap and water are recommended, it isn’t the most travel-friendly. Use a hand sanitizer instead to clean your hands. Hand sanitizers that have 60% to 95% alcohol content are ideal.

While traveling, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, nose with unclean hands as it puts you at risk. You can also opt to wear gloves to keep yourself safe from coming in direct contact with the virus.

3. Stay Away From The Masks

It’s common practice to wear face masks while traveling, especially in cold and flu season. However, they should only be worn if you’re sick in the first place. If you’re using the masks as a precautionary measure, they’ll most likely be of no use. During your travel, you’ll end up removing your mask many times, thus defeating its purpose and actually increasing the chance of you being infected. 

The Bottom Line

The novel Coronavirus has affected the travel industry and it seems it will continue to do so for many months to come. That being said, it’s still perfectly safe to travel as long as you follow basic safety protocols and use your common sense to stay out of harm’s way.

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