It’s no secret that travel increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. It isn’t known if one type of travel is safer than others; however, airports, bus stations, train stations, and rest stops are all places travelers can be exposed to the virus. These are also places where it can be difficult to social distance.
“It’s up to an individual if they choose to travel or not. If you have an underlying health condition, it’s probably not the best idea to expose yourself to added risk of getting the disease. The bottom line is, we don’t know what we don’t know about the coronavirus,” Brad Parker says.
As things gradually begin to open up and people feel more confident about travel, they should still take precautions.
“If you are getting on an airplane, take some wipes with you and sanitize the area you are in. Wear a mask and continue to maintain social distancing whenever possible,” Brad Parker says.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests asking yourself these important questions before traveling away from your local community:
- Is COVID-19 spreading where you’re going?
- Is COVID -19 spreading in your community?
- Will you or those you are traveling with be within 6 feet of others during or after your trip?
- Are you or those you are traveling with more likely to get very ill from COVID-19?
- Do you live with someone who is more likely to get very ill from COVID-19?
- Does the state or local government where you live or at your destination require you to stay home for 14 days after traveling?
Travel Tips During a Pandemic
Here are a few ways you can protect yourself and others during your trip.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, after touching surfaces frequently touched by others, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, and before touching your face or eating.
- If soap and water are not available, bring and use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub your hands together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Avoid close contact with others. Keep 6 feet of physical distance from others.
- Wear a cloth face covering in public.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Pick up food at drive-thrus, curbside restaurant service, or stores.
- Check with local transit authorities for the latest information on changes to services and procedures, especially if you might need additional assistance.
At Parker Law Firm, our experienced personal injury lawyers believe people matter. We are committed to our clients, not case numbers, and we believe in the power of the civil justice system. With years spent both representing accident victims and participating in the state legislative process, our founder, Brad Parker, has developed a deep understanding of the law and gained unique experience that helps him get results for his clients.