As borders begin to open and life returns to a state of normalcy, individuals and their families will understandably feel inclined to leave the house and to go outside. Whether it be for business or pleasure, if you are concerned about travelling in the midst of COVID-19, we have compiled a list of simple travel tips to keep you safe.
- Wash your hands often: Use soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
Please make sure you wash your hands, especially after you’ve been to public places, touched frequently-used surfaces or after sneezing/ coughing. Ensure you wash your hands to kill the virus prior to touching your face, using the bathroom or eating to reduce the risk of transmission.
If you don’t have soap and water nearby, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together.
- Wear a face mask / cloth face covering when you are in public.
This prevents you from touching your face and reduces the risk of transmission. Ensure that the mask covers your nose and is securely tucked under your chin.
- Avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth.
Your hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands may transfer the virus to your eyes, mouth and nose.
- Cover coughs and sneezes
When possible, cough and sneeze into a tissue and dispose of it immediately and wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue nearby, cough and sneeze into your elbow. Practicing good respiratory hygiene helps to avoid COVID-19, and other viruses such as the flu and the common cold.
- Avoid crowds and minimise close contact
Keeping a distance of at least 1.5 meters as much as possible. Maintaining your distance reduces the likelihood of breathing in having droplets touch your skin, which may contain the virus.
- If you well unwell, postpone your trip
Now more than ever, if you do not feel at your best, stay home. It is advisable to self- isolate even if you have minor symptoms such as cough, headache and mild fever until you recover. Have essentials delivered to you. Many hotels have flexible check-in policies which will allow you to postpone your trip to another day.
NOTE: If you do feel unwell, seek medical attention by calling your local health authority. If you are in a hotel please inform the concierge desk
- Pack more essentials than you need
In case you are required to isolate or get stuck in a hotspot, ensure that you have additional essentials such as medicines, clothing, snacks and money so that you can wait without worry. Make sure you keep your family members and employer informed in case the need arises.
- Stay up to date on the latest information with trusted sources.
Acquire your information from The World Health Organisation (WHO), local/national health authorities. They are best positioned to advise individual communities on how best to combat the virus by protecting themselves.