Traveling right now is very difficult because the coronavirus pandemic led to countless problems, including the impossibility to travel because of bans and the need to be extra safe. The official recommendation is to not travel, especially in larger groups, like with your family. However, if you absolutely need to, here are some things that you have to remember so you can stay safe.
Frequently wash your hands
This is by far the most important thing to do to minimize the possibility that you will contract the disease. Go way beyond the fast rinse. The official recommendation is to wash your hands with soap for a minimum of 30 seconds. Do it as often as you can but especially after using public transport.
When you travel by plane, you need to wash hands after leaving any airport. When there is no access to soap, soap, and water, use a hand sanitizer that includes over 60% alcohol. Also, remember that soap is much more effective so do not rely on the sanitizer gel.
Avoid touching your face
Some people say that wearing masks is not effective but it is because it reduces how often you touch your face. When you visited any public space, do all you can to avoid touching the face if you did not clean your hands properly. The coronavirus lives on surfaces for hours after being touched by a person that is infected. You can thus infect yourself after touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Keep your distance
Whenever you notice someone shows symptoms similar to the cold or the flu, you have to keep your distance. This means you should stay at least 3 feet away and is especially the case if the person is sneezing or coughing.
Clean objects you frequently touch
If you travel and you stay in a hostel or hotel, you need to book a location that will be guaranteed to be clean. Even if you do this, you should check-in with the management or staff to double check the cleaning. To be extra sure, use a disinfectant on absolutely all the objects that are frequently-touched, like the doorknob.
Avoid large crowds
Even if in most countries you will travel to, from New Zealand to the US, large crowds are no longer allowed, you still have to be particularly careful and avoid them. This is especially important when referring to closed spaces. Stay away from people while you travel to be even more protected.
Always wear a mask
When you develop symptoms that are associated with the Covid-19 virus, like coughing, difficulty breathing or fever, wear a mask. It is your responsibility to do all you can to stop infecting others in the unwanted event that you get the virus. Also, seek medical help whenever such symptoms appear so you can be tested.
We have to recommend that as long as the WHO declares there is a coronavirus pandemic, you should reduce your traveling, as much as possible. This is especially the case when you want to travel to a country that is gravely affected by the pandemic, like Italy or Spain.