Is Holiday Travel Safe During the Pandemic? Here's How to Stay Healthy

By Dao Lang posted 15 April 2021 12:43

  

When faced with a worldwide pandemic like the one we're currently in, you're not only considering how to travel safely but whether it's even a good idea to travel at all. Although vaccines are now available, it doesn't mean the virus is gone. In fact, the number of infections continues to rise across the world.

Although going on vacation in 2021 is possible, it's not exactly the ideal year for travel. You'll need to do some serious planning and take precautions. Even so, the risk will only be reduced, not eliminated. And the more you avoid other people, the safer you'll be. If you're the kind of person that likes vacations with a lot more solitude than partying and mingling with the locals, the summer of 2021 will be a real treat.

Where to Go

Before making any travel plans, always check the rate of infection at your destination. The higher it is, the higher the chances you will get infected and spread the virus to others once you return. You also have to consider potential restrictions imposed by authorities, like having to quarantine once you reach your destination or when you return.

It's much easier to centralize data now that medical record keeping has been streamlined through medical transcription outsourcing. This information is used by the authorities to establish restrictions and provide guidelines for locals and tourists.

If you're traveling within the United States, you can check each state's situation on the CDC official website. If you're traveling in Europe, you can get this information from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and there's also a portal called Re-open EU launched by the European Commission.

You'll also want to be careful when deciding on accommodation. Most hotels have taken preventative measures to keep guests safe, so they offer touchless check-in and check-out. Even if that's not available, it's ok because you'd have to touch the door handle anyway. You just need to wash your hands afterwards.

It's best to avoid taking the elevator so if possible, choose a room that is close enough to the ground floor that you can take the stairs.

How to Get There

Once you've decided where to go and where to stay, you still need to figure out the safest way to get there. Of course, we all know that we should avoid using public transport whenever possible so your best bet would be to travel by car with minimal stops. Wear a mask whenever you leave your car and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer whenever you come into contact with surfaces that are frequently touched by other such as door handles and gas pumps.

However, a car can only get you so far, so it might be necessary to fly, which carries more risk. The airplanes themselves are relatively safe since they have ventilation systems with HEPA filters that recycle clean air and capture 99% of germs. You should be more concerned with maintaining social distancing in the crowded security and boarding areas.

Once inside the plane, wipe down your seat, clean your hands with hand sanitizer and turn the overhead vent towards your face so you can use it to create an airflow wall that protects you from the air exhaled by other passengers.

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