Traveling in the time of COVID-19 is definitely different than many of us have ever experienced before. While many leisure trips may be put on hold, some people may still be required to travel for business purposes. We know firsthand what that looks and feels like right now, as we are still assisting service members as they make their way to and from their duty stations safely.
If you’re in the position of needing to travel during this world-wide pandemic, we’d like to share our top 5 travel safety tips:
If you have been feeling sick, have a temperature, or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please do not travel. Not only are you putting yourself at increased risk, but you also risk infecting those around you and those working in the airport and on the plane.
Please check the current restrictions for your destination before traveling. Depending on where you’re headed and where you’re traveling from, you may be required to quarantine for a certain amount of time. For those traveling for business, this could impede the entire trip. You can check state and territorial health department websites by clicking here.
While traveling, it is advised that you wear a face covering and maintain six feet of distance between you and others as much as possible. Disposable face coverings are best while traveling and it’s important to remember not to touch the exterior of the face covering. Additionally, we would always recommend that while traveling at any time, especially during this pandemic, that you wash your hands as often as possible for at least 20 seconds each time. When you’re unable to access soap and water, a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, is recommended.
If you’re traveling for work, you’ll possibly be in contact with a lot of shared surfaces, such as check-in counters at airports, seatbelts in ridesharing vehicles, hotel door handles, etc. Carrying sanitizing wipes with you and hand sanitizer, as well as frequently washing your hands is important. You may also want to carry some plastic gloves with you while traveling.
Once you return home, stay vigilant and be considerate of others. Maintain the six feet of distance between yourself and those outside your family, as well as continuing to wear a mask when you leave your home. If you notice any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, it may be wise to seek testing for the virus.
**This blog post is written to provide helpful guidance and is not written by a medical professional.**