As the Coronavirus outbreak continues to set record high number of cases, several travel restrictions have been imposed by countries. Cities are on lockdown and people are being encouraged to stay and work indoors. Nevertheless, there are some cases that require you to travel. If so, here are five tips on how to stay safe:
Know Which Countries are Most Affected
China and Italy currently have the highest number of confirmed Coronavirus cases by country, followed by Iran, Spain, and Germany. By knowing which countries and cities are most ill-stricken by the virus, you can avoid these destinations for the time-being.
Practice Proper Hygiene
Handwashing is the simplest yet most effective way to prevent spread of a disease including Coronavirus. Clean your hands whenever it comes into contact with foreign objects, such as a door knob or a plastic bag. Avoid touching your face and always have a hand sanitizer around.
Traveling to a new country may tempt you to visit local tourist attractions. But with a pandemic going on, these hotspots put you at a higher risk for catching the virus. Since some people who get the virus exhibit no apparent symptoms, it’s difficult to diagnose and treat them, much less pick them out of a crowd.
Know When to Seek Medical Attention
Knowing the symptoms of Coronavirus is key to early clinical diagnosis and treatment. Symptoms are mainly respiratory in nature and include fever, coughs, and shortness of breath. The severity of these symptoms vary based on age and immune system. While traveling, people are less likely to pay attention to their health. Make it a point to stop whatever you’re doing and check if you are feeling any of these symptoms.
Practice Social Distancing
Social distancing has been advised by health officials as a preventive measure for the spread of Coronavirus. For now, try to avoid crowds and any social interactions with people you don’t know. Be wary of shaking anyone’s hands or bumping into anyone while on the move.
Traveling during an outbreak is risky, nonetheless possible if one follows these five simple safety precautions. Do limit your stay and make sure to have enough supplies in case the city you are visiting announces a lockdown.