Is Airplane Travel Safe During the Pandemic?

Have you been anxious lately and want to visit your loved ones? We are sure the global coronavirus crisis is making you wonder whether or not you should fly. To determine its answer, it is best if you consider and ask yourself the following questions.

1) Are coronavirus cases spreading at the destination you want to travel to? 

If the answer to this question is yes, then you might want to reconsider your traveling plans. This is because more cases result in a higher chance of infection.

2) Are you at heightened risk of contracting severe medical conditions? 

Well, anyone and everyone can get coronavirus. However, older people are more at risk when it comes to several other severe illnesses that can crop up as a result of contracting COVID-19. If that’s the case, you must reconsider flying.

3) Do you reside with someone with heightened risk for severe medical conditions? 

In case you are infected when you travel, you might pass it onto the people you live with when you go back home. And, if the people you live with have increased risk of illness, you must completely avoid the idea of traveling.

How to travel safely

Below are some tips to ensure that you and others remained protected if and when traveling.

  • Everyone must maintain a safe distance of about 6 feet at all times. One should not compromise when it comes to social distancing!
  • In case someone is feverish, has the flu, or other related symptoms, avoid contact with them entirely.
  • Avoid touching surfaces such as elevator buttons, railings, and kiosk counters. And if you happen to touch them, make sure to properly sanitize your hands right away.
  • Make sure to wear a face-mask at all times.
  • Be extra cautious when you cough or sneeze. Make sure to cover your mouth with your elbow.
  • Make it a habit to wash your hands often, be it before or after a meal or sneezing.
  • The CDC and WHO recommend washing your hands for 20 seconds with soap.
  • Always carry a sanitizer so that you can ensure the cleanliness of your hands in case of the unavailability of soap and water. Make sure the sanitizer has a 70% alcohol quotient. Make sure to pat your hands dry. 

To sum up, make sure to consult an urgent-care center for an evaluation of your overall health before traveling.

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