The coronavirus outbreak has pretty much cooked everyone’s goose. Collective responsibility is now more important than ever. Any further steps towards defeating the pandemic relies on it heavily. Find out below what you can do to reduce the possibility of getting infected (and infecting others) if you decide to travel during this time.

1. Get tested

It’s advised by CDC to get tested for COVID-19 1-3 days before travelling internationally as well as domestically. That reduces the chance of infecting somebody else to minimum. Remember that you can be going through the disease without any symptoms – that makes this point essential. You should also get tested after returning and even if you get a negative result – stay at home for full 7 days. If you decide not to get tested, you ought to quarantine for 10 full days. For your safety, it’s advisable to get tested for the antibodies, in case you’ve gone through the disease without symptoms and never got tested. This way you will be absolutely sure whether your body has gained immunity or not.

2. Wear a mask 

Most of us are already accustomed to this crucial factor in reducing the risk of infection to a minimum. However, for masks to work most effectively, everyone present has to take part.

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If you decide to go out and eat at a restaurant, make sure the restaurant takes measures to reduce any risk of transmission. That is if the tables are arranged at the right distance from each other, if the staff wears masks and if the place is being disinfected regularly. 

3. Use hand sanitizer

Germs are everywhere and we can’t always avoid touching things in the public space. That’s why you should always sanitize your hands after using public transport, using door handles and going to the toilet. Washing your hands with soap is not always enough, especially if you don’t do it thoroughly. Sanitizers of over 68% alcohol in volume are the most effective way to get rid of all the bacteria and germs. 

When you’re travelling, always bring a mini antibacterial hand gel. Use it after travelling on public transportation, eating at a restaurant or visiting a tourist attraction. Make a habit of not touching your face. Many people don’t realise how much contact with their eyes and mouth they make.

These are some of the precautions you ought to take to ensure your safety as well as the safety of others. Don’t take shortcuts on them as you are now responsible for the well being of everyone else. Also remember not to take any risks when you’re in a high risk group. Delay your travels to a safer time.