Stay-at-home orders and travel restrictions have been relaxed in many places around the U.S. and in some overseas vacation destinations, as well. As the holidays approach, many Americans will want to take advantage of the opportunity to travel for the first time in months. If you are planning a trip, here’s what you should know.
Remember that COVID-19 is an airborne virus. This means that the risk comes more from what you breathe in than what you touch. That’s why it is essential to:
Pandemic or not, your mother was right: Wash those hands!
In addition to the guidelines above, here are some tips for staying safe on the road:
The good news is that air in the plane’s cabins is filtered through HEPA filters and exchanged frequently. You will still want to wear your mask on board, but you are breathe much cleaner air than you breathe anywhere else.
The bad news? To take a flight, you have to go to an airport, and you are at the highest risk of contracting the virus when you’re in the airport. Again, wearing a mask and keeping a distance of at least 6 feet from others is absolutely essential.
The tips above will help you reduce your risk while traveling, but please keep in mind that the safest thing to do is stay home.
If your school or employer provides you with First Stop Health telemedicine, our doctors are here for you when you’re sick, run out of a prescription while traveling, or have any questions or concerns about COVID-19. You can also visit our Coronavirus Resource Center for more information.
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