Traveling In The Time of Coronavirs
Travel has slowed down drastically over the past month. Much of the Western world is currently under safe at home or quarantine restrictions. For most Britons, Canadians, and Americans, for example, long-distance travel is off the table right now. At this time, it’s essential to come into contact with the fewest number of people possible. Of course, there are still some people who need to travel for work. For them, it’s a good idea to take some precautions.
One of the best ways to avoid getting sick when traveling is the same way people avoid germs in general. People must try not to touch their faces and wash their hands frequently. If there’s no soap and water available, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is also a good option. When leaving restrooms, use a paper towel when touching a doorknob or latch, if at all possible.
A second tip is to disinfect hard surfaces where it’s possible. Use disinfecting wipes or alcohol wipes to clean off armrests and other hardware like tray tables on planes and trays. At the hotel or Airbnb, make it a point to sanitize taps, remotes, door handles, and drawer pulls. It’s not a great idea to use wipes on soft surfaces made of fabric. When they become wet, it’s easier for germs to thrive. It’s okay just to leave the upholstery alone.
When it comes to soft goods, consider bringing a pillow and blanket on the plane. Doing this means passengers will know these goods haven’t been used by someone sick. However, some airlines are skittish about this. They’re concerned about passengers bringing germs on board with them, so they prefer people only to use airline-provided materials. Meanwhile, passengers worry these blankets may be recycled. It’s a good idea to check the airline website before deciding until the COVID-19 crisis is over.
Finally, some experts advise taking an earlier flight. The feeling is that morning flights have been cleaned more recently and thoroughly than flights departing in the afternoon or overnight. It’s unclear if this is still true. Many airlines and other transportation companies had made it a point to assure travelers they are cleaning more frequently than before the coronavirus crisis started.