Am I sick? Should I travel? Is a hand-sanitizer enough? Should I wear a mask? Is airplane travel risky?
A lot many questions like the above revolve around people these days. Here to help you, Sair is happy to give you some guidelines. KEEP CALM! WE GOT THIS!
With the little amount of knowledge on the novel coronavirus, it is quite dangerous to get affected by the virus. We don’t have a cure and we don't even know how much more time we’ll take to get a cure. Due to this, major steps were taken throughout the world like temporary closing of pilgrimage visits in the Great Mosque and the shutting of Louvre in Paris. There have been multiple cases in India as well, which have made people panic. Public places like cinema halls, schools, colleges and offices have been shut down. For millenials it is no less than Pandemonium. Considering this, we are providing you with some tips to travel safely. These are specially essential to follow for older adults and of any age, suffering with a chronic disorder.
- While travelling, avoid contact with sick people.
- Wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol based hand sanitizer before having food, using washroom, and after coughing, sneezing, etc. If the hands are visibly dirty, use water and soap. Washing should be extensive, between the fingers, covering your palm in froth for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your nose, mouth, eyes and face with unwashed hands.
- Avoid wearing a mask if you are not sick. This will simply make you touch your face multiple times. You should wear a mask only if you are sick to reduce the infection from you.
- Be careful using public items in public places like elevator buttons, handrails, street furniture. Use a tissue over your hand and touch handrails, buttons and furniture.
- Maintain social distancing. A minimum distance of approx 3 metres from a person who is sick will be effective.
- If you face any difficulty breathing, feel feverish or cough, then take immediate healthcare.
- Keep on following with your family physician if you have a chronic medical condition.
Using these precautions while travelling will minimise the risk of getting infected highly.
While research is still happening, research and statistics show that the older population or people suffering from medical conditions such as diabetes or cardiovascular diseases are at greater risk of getting ill. Therefore it is strongly advisable for them to stay indoors.
The above precautions are drawn from credible sources like WHO.
- World Health Organiation; Link- https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/travel-advice/1
- World Health Organization; Link- https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
- World Health Organization; Link https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public
- John Hopkins University- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidelines for All Patients and Visitors; Link- https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/coronavirus-facts-infographic
- John Hopkins University- Coronavirus, Social Distancing and Self Quarantine Link- https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/coronavirus-social-distancing-and-self-quarantine