Travelling in the time of Coronavirus? Factors to consider
Posted on March 24, 2020
The Coronavirus epidemic has put the international travel plans of many individuals in limbo with many countries of the world banning people from other countries to enter the country. This can be a major disappointment to individuals who have been planning to travel and made their bookings months ahead. If you are one of those who still want to go ahead with your travel plans provided you are not subject to any bans, what are the precautions you should take when travelling in the time of such an epidemic? More importantly is it safe to travel during the Coronavirus outbreak?
Factors to consider:
If travelling during this epidemic is inevitable and even if you accomplish your travel plans without being affected, there are certain factors you should keep in mind. Factors such as age, health condition, and the country you are planning to travel to.
Age: Those above 80 years are under high risk of developing complications due to the virus which could sometimes be fatal. Those between 10-39 years have relatively low risk of developing complications from the virus. But this does not mean they will not be affected by the virus; the severity of symptoms can be of a lesser degree.
Health condition: Individuals with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, cancer is in danger of becoming seriously ill if they are affected by the virus compared to those without these conditions. Those with such conditions should rethink their travel plans in these times.
Country you plan to visit: With most countries around the world being affected by the virus, there are certain countries where the incidence of cases is more. It is advisable to avoid travel to these countries unless it is necessary. In general, it is best to avoid travel to any country affected by the virus.
Travel plans and the Corona virus:
With several countries banning the entry of citizens from other countries, travel plans continue to be affected. Certain Schengen countries have been the entry of citizens of certain fellow Schengen countries into their borders. The US on the other hand has banned the entry of citizens from all the 26 Schengen states.
Official warnings insist on avoiding non-essential travel to affected countries, staying away from large public gatherings and avoid crowded places.
If you still want to travel, because the trip is essential or you are willing to take the risk, ensure that you take the necessary precautions during your trip.
Precautions to follow:
- Frequently wash your hands
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
- Keep a distance from those having flu-like symptoms
- Wear a mask if you have symptoms like coughing or sneezing and seek medical help