Traveling isn’t as safe as it used to be. Since the spread of Covid-19, many travelers have been advised to limit their movement regardless of the distance to curb the spread. And to create even more awareness, several medical practice websites have also included a Covid-19 information page that provides answers to all related questions.
However, certain activities can not be put on hold, especially when it’s being done for the greater good. While the vaccine has proven to be a breakthrough at a time like this, the virus is still fast-spreading and people still need to be in the know of how dangerous it is – especially frequent travelers.
Here are some things you need to consider as you make your travel plans:
Before You Travel
Ask yourself these questions before you buy that ticket or pack your bags;
Have you taken the COVID-19 vaccine?
Vaccinating yourself against coronavirus reduces your risk of contracting it. It is important that you get vaccinated as soon as possible. Most vaccines require that you take two doses for full protection. So, if you intend to travel, ensure that you wait two weeks after taking your dosage to reduce your chances of spreading the virus.
Are you at a higher risk of contracting the virus?
Older adults and people with existing medical conditions are at a higher risk of contracting the virus. So, be sure to do this assessment before traveling.
Are you going to be in contact with anyone at a higher risk of contracting the virus?
If you live with a friend or family who’s at a higher risk of contracting the virus, you can spread the virus to them, even if you have no symptoms.
Does your destination have strict Covid-19 guidelines?
Many countries now mandate that travelers do a test before and after arrival. Be sure to follow the testing rules of your destination.
When to Postpone Your Travel
Whether you’re fully vaccinated or not, here are some common scenarios that should prompt you to postpone your travel:
If you or your travel companions have any covid-related symptoms
If you have fever, cough, sore throats, or any other symptoms linked to the virus, you should isolate yourself for 2 weeks until it’s safe to make physical contact again.
Even if you test negative, you should remain at home until you feel better. Your sickness might be highly contagious, so it is best to limit physical contact.
However, if you need to travel to get medical attention, use an ambulance or a private vehicle and inform them of your illness before traveling.
If you or your travel companions have tested positive for COVID-19
Doing a Covid-19 test before you travel is important. Even if you have no symptoms, once the results come out negative, you should isolate yourself. This applies to your travel companions too.
If you or your travel companions are waiting for a Covid-19 viral test result
Do not travel while you’re still waiting for your viral test results. You must remain at home. The result will determine what your next move will be.
Fully vaccinated travelers are on a safer side even after coming in contact with a positive patient, and they can travel as long as they have no symptoms. For unvaccinated travelers, wear a mask over your nose and mouth and wash your hands frequently until you’re fully vaccinated.
Take full responsibility for your health and the health of others to end the pandemic.