As the economy gradually begins to function in this new normal, some workers who traveled for business before the COVID-19 pandemic may be returning to that lifestyle. If this includes you, traveling by plane, bus or train means you’ll be in close contact with other passengers, increasing your risk of exposure.
Here are some travel safety tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. First, ask yourself these questions:
- Is COVID-19 spreading where you’re going? How about where you live?
- Is it realistic that travel companions will be able to stay 6 feet from you?
- If you are traveling with others, are they at high risk for severe illness (i.e., older adults and people with existing medical conditions)?
- Do you live with someone who is at high risk for illness?
- Does your local government require you to stay home for 14 days after your trip?
- If you get sick, will you have to miss work?
“Do not travel if you are sick, or if you have been around someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days,” CDC states. “Do not travel with someone who is sick.”
If you do decide to travel, follow these tips:
- Clean your hands often. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place. Use hand sanitizer if you can’t wash your hands.
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Avoid close contact with others.
- Wear a face covering in public.
- Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough.
- Pick up food curbside if you eat out.