Travel and COVID-19

April 1st, 2021

Traveling with COVID-19 being part of the trip isn’t much fun. In fact, it’s a hassle that no one wants.

What You Need to Know About Traveling with COVID-19 (according to the CDC):

  • Make sure you get vaccinated before traveling (if you are eligible)
  • Get tested 1-3 days before your trip (it is required to have a negative COVID-19 test result before boarding a flight within the USA)
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when you are among the public
  • When in crowds, maintain a distance of 6 feet from anyone that you are not traveling with.
  • After your trip, get tested again 3-5 days (after returning home). Be sure to self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.

There are always things to consider before taking any type of trip but with COVID-19 in the mix, there are a few more things to consider.

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  1. Are you at an increased risk for getting COVID-19?
  2. Does the destination you are traveling to have COVID-19 restrictions that you should know about?
  3. Is the hospital in the area you are traveling overwhelmed with patients?
  4. Are you staying with people that you do not usually stay with? (such as with family members or friends)
    1. You’re putting yourself at more risk if you:
      1. Attend mass gatherings: concerts, weddings, parties, etc.
      2. Take public transportation: cruise ship, riverboat, trains, planes, buses, etc.

    If you answered yes to most of these questions then it’s recommended that you stay home. However, if you have to travel, please travel safely. Make sure you do all of the aforementioned tips as well as avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Make sure you avoid anyone who is sick and wash your hands frequently. You should also pack extra supplies like hand sanitizer and masks.

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If you are traveling via a car or RV then you are already taking measures to keep yourself safe, but here are some more tips:

  • When stopping at a rest-stop be sure to wash your hands for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, be sure you have hand sanitizer with you.
  • When you stop for gas, use a disinfectant wipe to wipe the buttons and the pump. After filling up, either wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.
  • When traveling on the road, it is safest to bring your own food. But, if you have to stop for food, always remember to use hand sanitizer and wear your mask to stop the spread.

Traveling with COVID-19 and having a good trip is still possible as long as you act responsibly. Create a safe environment around you even when others do not.

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