The deadly coronavirus has affected over 90,000 people worldwide, claiming more than 3,000 lives so far. People are canceling their international visits after the outbreak due to the risk of contracting the virus. But if you are still traveling due to work purpose or vacation, here’s how you should protect yourself from COVID-19.
1- Practice good hand hygiene:
Practicing good hand hygiene will lower your risk of contracting the deadly virus while traveling. Keep washing your hands at frequent intervals. If you are assisting or touching anyone who is sick, you should immediately wash your hands with soap within 20 seconds. If soap and water aren’t available, use a hand sanitizer with an alcohol content of 60 to 95 percent. Also, avoid touching your mouth, eyes, and nose with unwashed or gloved hands.
2- Use a face mask:
Make sure you wear a face mask when you are around people. This will lower the chances of you catching airborne germs.
3- Avoid physical contact with people:
We know it’s a difficult part, but try to avoid as much physical contact as you can, for instance, avoid hugging, or shaking hands.
4- Carry recommended vaccinations:
Before leaving for your trip, visit your doctor, tell him/her that you are traveling and ask if there are any immunizations that you should get. Because as they say, ‘Precaution is better than cure’.
5- Visit a doctor if you feel sick:
If you develop symptoms of respiratory illness or other disease while traveling, the first thing you must do is to isolate yourself from other people because you wouldn’t want to be the one spreading the illness. Secondly, visit a doctor immediately and get yourself checked.