As communities lift lockdown restrictions, it's important to take measures to protect yourself from COVID-19. The risk of infection while traveling on trains, airplanes, and buses is high. You may be wondering how to visit public places and stay safe. If you are scheduling a traveling trip for the right reasons, then make sure you follow safety measures very strictly. Follow these tips on how to safely travel during the reopening.
Make a list- there are few items you should carry with you while traveling. The list includes- hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and a face mask. These items help you prevent the disease.
Be mindful of what you touch- maintain caution when using devices or touching surfaces that others have used, too, like ATMs, check-in machines, escalators, etc. Use sanitizer whenever you touch any of these surfaces and make sure not to touch your face. Also, your phone is always handy, so make sure you clean it with disinfectant wipes.
Minimize human contact- maintain at least two-meter distance from others while standing on the train or the bus. Maintain a six-foot distance while in the queue, and try to pay using contactless options.
Get a window seat- researchers proved that infected passengers are more likely not to infect people sitting farther than two seats farther than 2 seats beside them or one or two rows in front or behind. The best way to avoid germs is to take a window seat.
Wipe down your surroundings- quickly wipe down the hard surfaces and the surroundings before taking a seat. Clean the back of the seat in front of you, the armrests, the tray table, and all surfaces where others is the possibility of touching and getting infected. Also, coronavirus does not infect your directly unless you touch your hands somewhere and then touch your face. Hence, whenever you touch surfaces, use tissues to avoid direct contact with surfaces and dispose of them in a safe place.
Don’t drink water/tea/coffee – the water from airplane water tanks or railway platforms is not always clean, so avoid drinking water, tea, or coffee, which is usually made of this water.
Stay home if you are sick- we should focus on how to protect ourselves from the disease, but don’t think about preventing ourselves from spreading it. The CDC recommends waiting for a minimum of 24 hours after a fever has completely abated before stepping out.