Need to travel during the COVID-19 outbreak? Ensure yourself as well as others with these precautions.
Are you considering rescheduling travel that you put off because of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)? Possibly you have work or have family commitments that expect you to travel or you feel like to wander around the normal excellence of Nepal so as to new yourself from all the suffocation brought about by Coronavirus. However, you stress over safe travel and housing are keeping you down.
Get the realities about your movement choices and figure out how to secure yourself on the off chance that you must need to travel.
1. AIR TRAVEL
Due to how air circles and is sifted on planes, most infections don't spread effectively on flights. In any case, swarmed flights make social distancing troublesome. In addition air travel includes investing energy in security lines and air terminals, which can get you close contact with others.
The Nepal Airlines Corporation and Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal have given direction to assist aircrafts in preventing the spread of the Covid. Subsequently, most significant aircrafts in Nepal, necessitate that groups and travelers must wear material face covers. To perceive what explicit air terminals and aircrafts are doing to ensure travelers, check their sites.
i. Wear Mask- For the protection of self and others, you are required to wear masks all times while visiting Airlines office premises, ticket counters, cargo counters, and airport premises. However, the exemption to the obligation to wear face masks can be made for instances where otherwise specified, such as during check-in procedure to verify the identification. Children below 2 years old and people having a medical reason for not wearing face masks can also be exempted provided a face shield is worn.
ii. Alcohol-based Sanitizer- Be wise enough to carry a container of hand sanitizer up to 12 ounces (about 350 milliliters) in a carry-on bag. These containers will need to be taken out for screening. Be sure to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds directly before and after going through screening or touching any stuff nearby you.
iii. Check Body Temperature- Before going out, don’t forget to check your body temperature. Also, be wise enough to select those airlines whose main focus is safety for passengers, check body temperature and don’t allow for check in or board the flight if they have temperature more than 100.4F.
iv. Avoid Carrying Pet Animals- At the pandemic like this, frequent contact with pet animals can sometimes lead to bad results. So, until next normal, try avoiding carrying your pet wherever you go as it will not only affect your life but also affect the life of your pet and of other passengers.
v. Personal Items- Keep your personal items like keys, wallets and phones in carry-on bags rather than keeping them in bins because bins are usually touched by many other passengers and staff of airlines which increase the risk of spreading if found diagnosed on any person.
2. CAR TRAVEL
Air travel might not be for you. You may prefer to drive, which also gives you more control over your environment. You'll still need to be smart about any stops you make, but that just takes some planning.
Here are things to consider before you hit the road:
i. Avoid frequent stops- Plan to make as few stops as possible, but stop driving if you become drowsy.
ii. Use mask- Be sure to pack cloth face masks, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes in an easily accessible spot so that you can use them during the trip as necessary.
iii. Food items and water- Prepare food and water to take on the trip from your own home rather than planning to enjoy meals in some stranger hotels in strange places. Also, consider including non-perishable items to tide you over in case access to restaurants and grocery stores is limited.
iv. Carry disinfectant Wipe- If you need to get gas, use a disinfectant wipe on handles or buttons before you touch them. After fueling, use hand sanitizer and when you get to where you're going, use soap and water to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
v. Avoid Touching sense organs- Never forget that, frequent touch of nose, eyes, mouth etc. can increase the chances of infecting the virus quickly, as our hands are in contact with so many things in the surfaces from where the virus can transform to our organs if we touch it on and on.
3. OTHER GROUND TRANSPORTATION
Even if you fly, you may need transportation once you arrive at your destination. So, if you travel by bus or train, be sure to follow the following safety rules;
i. Maintain Physical Distance- Be aware that sitting or standing within 6 feet (2 meters) of others for a prolonged period can put you at higher risk of getting or spreading the coronavirus. While stepping out from home, travel like you are in isolation not in any parties.
ii. Avoid touching stuffs- Limit contact with frequently touched surfaces, such as handrails, elevator buttons and kiosks. If you must touch these surfaces, use hand sanitizer or wash your hands afterward. Also, avoid touching your nose, eyes etc. as much as possible.
iii. Hold your bag yourself- Don’t leave your bag on other responsibilities or don’t let it touch. Consider handling your own bags during pickup and drop-off in order to limit your stuff from getting in contact with human beings.
iv. Don’t sit in the front seat- Don’t ever think about sitting near to the driver or in the front seat as you may accidentally come in contact with other passengers of the bus.
v. Avoid crowded public vehicles- Even if you are in a hurry, don’t go for crowded transportation. Stay calm and wait for the right bus to arrive with proper safety. Also, you can investigate car rental options along with their disinfection policies on the internet.
REMEMBER SAFETY FIRST
Even the best plans may need to be set aside when illness strikes. If you feel sick before your planned travel, stay home except to get medical care. Also, travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. If you must travel, talk with your doctor and ask about any additional precautions you may need to take.
Compiled by Kushum Kharel