There can be no denying that we’re living in some scary times, what with the pandemic that has impacted virtually every aspect of modern life. That’s certainly the case with travel. Many individuals are scared to fly, and so they’re resorting to driving more for work.
However, driving has its dangers as well. For instance, Gwinnett County in Georgia saw 39,970 accidents in just one year. The reality is that there are certain risks inherent to both car and plane travel, whether we’re in a pandemic or not.
Still, you shouldn’t be dissuaded from flying just because you’re worried about getting sick. There are precautions that you can take that will make your travels much safer as the country works to get through this challenging time.
Wear a Mask
There are masks that you can wear now that are recommended by the Center for Disease Control. Some of them are disposable, but there are also reusable cloth ones that you can buy or fashion yourself.
The real thing to remember is only to use a mask that fully covers both your nose and mouth. Keep your mask on throughout your travels, but especially do so when you are close to someone on an airplane. Wearing the mask will also remind you not to touch your face.
Wash Your Hands Frequently
Washing your hands is another strategy that the CDC says is effective in preventing the spread of the virus. Whenever you have the opportunity, stop by a restroom and scrub your hands thoroughly with soap and hot water.
You’re meant to be washing for twenty seconds. While you do so, try the following:
- You can sing a little song inside your head
- You can slowly count to twenty
- You might list all the state capitols you can remember
It may seem bizarre, but these are the precautions that very well might prevent you from getting sick.
You also might consider wearing gloves when you travel. Again, the gloves can serve as a reminder that you’re not supposed to be touching your face when you fly, or when you’re in an enclosed space with other people.
There are disposable gloves that you can wear that are available from different sources:
- You can get them from online marketplaces like Amazon
- You can find them at hardware stores like Lowes or Home Depot
- If you can’t find them through those outlets, then you can also try eBay
In a pinch, if you can’t find disposable gloves, you could wear winter gloves or gardening gloves. It might look a bit strange, but this is about safety, not appearances. Just remember that you’ll have to wash those gloves frequently if you want the best results.
Dispose of Your Mask and Gloves When You Reach Your Destination
Various entities have also spoken about how wearing masks and gloves is good, but if they are disposable, then you need to throw them away in a trash receptacle rather than dropping them on the ground.
It makes things less safe for other people if you’re careless with the disposal of your used masks and gloves. Remember that someone has to come along and pick up that refuse at some point. Make it easier on them and find a trash can when you’re done with your gloves or mask.
Carry Hand Sanitizer with You
You might not be able to locate disposable gloves since they are in such high demand. You also may elect not to wear gardening gloves or winter gloves as we approach the hotter months.
You can carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer with you and apply it frequently. If it is the appropriate size, then you can take it with you on domestic flights. Make sure that is a variety of sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.
All of this will make plane travel safer while the country battles Covid-19. However, if you are exhibiting symptoms, then you need to go into quarantine for at least two weeks, or possibly longer if your condition worsens.
Many people feel that they need to get back to work as quickly as possible right now, and that means plane travel in many cases. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that. Just be sure and stick to the guidelines that are being laid out by qualified medical professionals.
Travel safely by following the tips we’ve laid out, and postpone travel by any means if you’re starting to feel ill.