On December 31, 2019, China informed WHO about several cases of atypical pneumonia in Wuhan—a port city of 11 million people in central Hubei province. The virus was unknown till January 7 when the officials, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel COVID-19 or coronavirus, also known as 2019-nCoV, which includes SARS and the common cold.
A lot of travel agencies and avid travellers did not heed the alarm. They continued to encourage travelling because it is beneficial to them. Note that when you travel, you buy tickets, book hotels, pay for local commerce besides so many other things beneficial to the travel industry and its enthusiasts. However, according to WHO, the idea of travelling during the COVID-19 outbreak is not a safe one and should be limited to essential travels only.
If you have to travel to meet your children studying/working in a foreign country or if you need to travel because you must see your parents in a critical emergency, then you have to, but with a set of precautions. But, if you belong to the cult that dismisses the COVID-19 crisis to a media hype, note that you are endangering your immunity and taking the coronavirus head-on irrespective of your health status. Should you still consider some precautions when risking your health for fun? We bet you don’t and follow the below instruction.
Top 8 Travel Precautions for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Global Pandemic
Travel Precautions for COVID-19 Restrict Travel to Top Five Countries
If you are travelling during the Covid-19 pandemic whether as a foreigner or a national, please avoid China, Italy, Iran, Europe, and North American countries unless it is unavoidable because as of March 2020, these are the top places on the Corona heat map.
Seek Assistance from Immigration
If it is a return to a home country on the verge of your visa getting expired, call the host country’s immigration health line to check for instructions to avoid both inbound and outbound contamination. You’ll receive the best advice on the situation given your health status.
Cooperate with Immigration
Please cooperate with the immigration personnel in ensuring you are neither the carrier or bearer of the coronavirus infection. Accept delays, congestion, and everything the travel entails because it is your decision to travel and panic would make things even worse.
Spare the Exotic & Wild Carriers
On a pleasure trip, avoid eating outside from a street-side vendor, or eating any exotic animals or reptiles that you added to your bucket list since Andrew Zimmern. That’ll be a high-risk adventure to anticipate any consequences.
Maintain Social Distancing
It can be very trying to withstand the excitement of meeting your people on arrival/return. Still, self-isolation or social distancing would be the best thing at the interest of your health and the wellbeing of your family and community that shelters you. If the situation is terrible, you might even have to maintain distance from your child, spouse or other family members.
Report the Sick to Emergency Health Audit
Tending to sick people is the most virtuous thing, but not during COVID-19. If your host or a fellow traveller has taken ill, call the country’s COVID-19 or coronavirus helpline and distance yourself in full coverage to avoid the spread of the virus.
Exclusive Sanitization Practices
Whether at home, hotel or on the road, plus if you are with your children, you must adopt the best hygiene practices against COVID-19. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, carry hand-sanitizers (60% alcohol), wear gloves and face masks, and take a shower to conclude your day.
Be a Responsible Human
As per health mandates released by most of the countries, sanitization tops the chart of travel precautions for COVID-19. Please download this attachment explaining standard rules for sanitization. The best would be to consider a shower when you are back to your place and do not intend to step out any further.
We must understand the severity of the situation. Yes, it is uncertain by when the world is going to break free of the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, we must be grateful to the countless number of health and administrative professionals who are championing the scene and asking us to stay home to avoid any essential travel. Also, if you have a health testing ATM, consider a quick check-up.