Although most are forgoing travel this year due to the coronavirus, some will still travel to see family for the holidays. If you are one of those people, here are some ways to stay safe during the winter season, according to the CDC.
By now, we all know the basics to keep us safe from the coronavirus. Anyone who will be on airplanes and at airports should know by now to wear a mask, wash hands for at least twenty seconds, social distance, and keep hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes on hand.
The CDC recommends checking the infection rates in the city and counties you will be traveling to so you are informed and prepared. Then when you get there, try to stay outdoors, away from poorly ventilated spaces, and try to gather in short spurts of time.
Get Tested Beforehand
Before you even jump on a plane, bus, etc., test yourself to make sure you are in the clear. Especially if you are visiting an older family member or someone with compromised health. CDC also recommends getting a flu shot for extra precaution.
Consider Staying Elsewhere
Even if you do visit family and you usually stay with them, it might be worth the extra money to stay the night in a hotel or somewhere else. That way, there are fewer people continuously gathering in the same spot.
Bring Your Own Snacks
If you are going to a city or state you don’t know well, it might be worth it to bring your own snacks and water. You might end up somewhere where drive-through, dine-in, or take-out options aren’t available or closed. This will also help you to have less contact with people you don’t know.
When you return from travel and visiting family, it might be worth it to quarantine at home for 14 days just in case you were in contact with someone who is sick.