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4 things you should know about summer travel during COVID-19

COVID-19 Summer Travel Tips

Hear are four things to consider before hitting the open road this summer.

As temperatures rise and families plan their yearly vacation, it’s only natural to want to hit the open road. But the summer of 2020 will be quite a bit different than normal due to the restrictions and guidelines in place for the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have a valuable guide that notes what people should keep in mind before traveling outside their local community. Here are some key considerations, but before reviewing these, it’s important to note that COVID-19 cases are prevalent throughout the country. The best way to protect yourself from getting the virus is by staying safe at home.

Before traveling, ask some questions

Think about the following:

  • 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 any length of time after traveling?
  • If you get sick with COVID-19, will you have to miss work or school?

Taking the time to answer these questions is important for the health and safety of you, your family and others.

Consider the type of travel you are taking

Any type of travel increases your chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 and no one method is completely safe. However, there are situations where extra precaution should be taken into account for each type of travel.

  • Air travel: Before boarding a plane, you may be in close contact with others in security lines and terminals. It is often noted that viruses do not spread aboard planes due to how air circulates during flights, but your risk of exposure could still be high if you are unable to social distance properly from other passengers.
  • Bus and train travel: This type of travel can be especially dangerous since it can be very difficult to stay 6 feet away from others.
  • RV and car travel: If traveling via one of these methods, take extra precautions when stopping in public places. The CDC notes that while RV travel may require less food and bathroom breaks than car travel, it typically means that you are staying overnight in RV parks. This can lead to close contact with other individuals.

If you are traveling, what precautions can you take?

Practice proper social distancing and wash your hands frequently. Always wear a cloth face mask while in public where other people may be and avoid touching your face.

Plan ahead based off your travel needs by:

  • Bringing any medications you may need.
  • Packing hand sanitizer.
  • Having your cloth face mask with you at all times.
  • Preparing food and water ahead of time so you don’t need to stop in public places.

Read up on the latest travel restrictions and guidelines

Staying up to date on new requirements will continue to be essential as the situation surrounding COVID-19 develops. Reliable websites such as the CDC, World Health Organization and your state health departments have valuable tools that can inform and prepare you for any travel that may take place.

Source: CDC

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