21/01/2021 5:00 pm
How about traveling during the pandemic? Take precautions to protect yourself from COVID-19.
Wide-spread vaccination holds promise for ending the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, but it won’t happen overnight.
In the meantime, continue taking precautions to protect yourself and others, especially if you must travel.
As you think about making travel plans, consider these questions:
Is COVID-19 spreading where you live or at your destination? The more cases in your community or at your destination, the more likely you are to get and spread COVID-19 during travel.
Are you at increased risk for severe illness? Anyone can get COVID-19, but older adults and people of any age with certain medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Do you live with someone who is at increased risk for severe illness? If you get infected while traveling, you can spread the virus to the people you live with when you return, even if you don’t have symptoms.
Travel and testing
Testing before and after travel can reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting tested with a viral test one to three days before your trip. Delay travel if you are waiting for test results. Keep a copy of your results with you when you travel.
Repeat the test three to five days after your trip. Even if you test negative, reduce nonessential activities for seven days. If you don’t get tested, reduce nonessential activities for 10 days.
If at any point, you test positive, stay home. Immediately isolate yourself and follow public health recommendations.
Stay safe when you travel
The US CDC recommends following these steps to protect yourself and others when you travel:
Maintain a distance of 6 feet (2 meters) between you and others as much as possible.
Avoid contact with anyone who is sick
Limit contact with frequently touched surfaces, such as handrails, elevator buttons and kiosks. If you must touch these surfaces, use hand sanitizer or wash your hands afterward.
– Wear a cloth facemask.
– Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
– Cover coughs and sneezes.
– Clean your hands often. It is especially important after going to the bathroom, before eating, and — after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
– Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub your hands together until they feel dry.
Check local requirements and restrictions
Some state, local and territorial governments have requirements, such as requiring people to wear masks and requiring those who recently traveled to stay home for up to 14 days. Save yourself, unpleasant surprises and delays by checking for restrictions at your destination and anywhere you might stop along the way.
State and local health department websites are your best resource. Keep in mind that restrictions can change rapidly depending on local conditions. Check for updates, as your trip gets closer.
Make a packing list
-When it is time to pack for your trip, grab any medicines you may need on your trip and these essential safe-travel supplies:
-Alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol)
-Disinfectant wipes (at least 70% alcohol) for surfaces
Considerations for people at increased risk
Anyone can get very ill from the virus that causes COVID-19, but older adults and people of any age with certain medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness. Conditions that increase your risk include cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, serious heart problems, weakened immune system, obesity, pregnancy, sickle cell disease, smoking, and type 2 diabetes.
Even the best-laid plans may need to be set aside when illness strikes. Stay home if any of your travel companions or you:
Are sick or think you have COVID-19 even if you don’t have symptoms.
Have been around someone with suspected or diagnosed COVID-19 in the past 14 days even if that person didn’t have symptoms.