Leaving home means death! Covid-19 emerged with such a lethal threat. However, for the most part, people are hardly used to being confined within houses. For genuine cause or just for recreation, the public are going out. here are some essentials you should follow if you are one of them and about to make a trip -
- Ensure that your destination has fewer Covid-19 cases.
- Refrain from travelling if you have certain medical conditions.
- Consider getting tested with a viral test one to three days before your trip
- Keep a copy of your test results with you when you travel
- When it's time to pack for your trip, grab any medicines you may need on your trip and essential safe-travel supplies such as masks, hand sanitiser, thermometer etc.
On the go
- Maintain a distance of 6 feet (2 meters) between you and others as much as possible while travelling
- Avoid contact with anyone who is sick
- Limit contact with frequently touched surfaces and if you must, use hand sanitiser or wash your hands afterwards.
- Wear a cloth face mask.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Clean your hands often. It's especially important after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control And Research (IEDCR) Adviser Dr Mushtaq Hussain told The Business Standard about the importance of being cautious about travelling during a pandemic.
"If you are going to travel abroad, comply with the local safety laws to prevent the spread of Covid-19," he said.
He urged families and people travelling together not to interact with outsiders during a trip.
Dr Mushtaq also noted that although many foreign countries have their individual set of rules in combatting Covid-19 travellers must prepare themselves for quarantine if necessary.
"When travelling within the country, you should pack as many disposable or washable masks you can get," he suggested the public.
He warmed to be cautious about public transports in particular. "Longer journey in a bus full of strangers can be dangerous but if one uses hand sanitisers properly and wear masks the whole time chances of contracting Covid-19 get slimmer," he said.
The IEDCR adviser also recommended noting down essential health care service numbers of the travel destination to get emergency help if needed.