Summertime is typically vacation travel season, but with the onset of Coronavirus, how can you vacation without worrying about exposing yourself or others to the virus?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have offered some tips when considering a trip during these uncertain times.
First, consider your mode of transportation.
Traveling by air has its pros and cons when it comes to transmitting COVID-19. While air filtering systems on airplanes make transmission of the virus via the air unlikely while in the aircraft, forced proximity to other passengers, security checkpoints and lines make it hard to social distance while in the airport and while boarding, sitting and leaving the plane.
Bus or Train Travel
Sitting or standing less than 6 feet from other passengers is likely via these forms of transportation, depending on how crowded the bus or train may be, which may increase the likelihood that you may be exposed to COVID-19
While car travel is an easier way to control who you may come in contact with inside the vehicle, stops along the way for gas, food or rest breaks may put you in contact with surfaces and other people who may be carrying the virus.
While lessening the need to stop for food and bathroom breaks, RV travel may also require you to stay in a campground or RV park, which could put you in proximity to others who may be carrying the virus.
Long story short, all methods of travel have their risks, so make sure to practice good habits no matter which method you use to take your next trip. These include:
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Avoid close contact with others and practice social distancing whenever possible (6 feet apart)
- Wear a mask or cloth face covering
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Pick up food via drive-thru, carryout or curbside at restaurants and stores
Whichever way you decide to take your next trip, by practicing good habits and planning ahead, you can reduce your exposure risk.
For more information on travel tips and restrictions, visit the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.