COVID-19. It’s just all over the dailies and the internet. For more than a month now, the new coronavirus has been filling the headlines…
But let not these scare you. These news are only to inform you to keep you healthy and to help contain the virus, so do not panic.
Yet that does not mean you be complacent and irresponsible.
We are aware that bats and certain animals could be carriers of viruses, thus, one, try to avoid eating exotic foods and stop the trafficking of wild animals. And two, make sure that traditional sources of animal meat you prepare for food are not sick, are clean and properly cooked.
Remember, viruses enter humans through the T-zone. Eyes. Nose. Mouth. And if your immune system is weak or you have unhealthy habits like smoking or you are unhygienic, you then become more susceptible to viruses that could cause more than just colds.
Thus, wherever you may be – traveling or not – always be mindful.
The problem with this new coronavirus though is that symptoms only appear after 5 days or later, thus, it could spread even before one realizes that he is infected with such. However, since vaccines and medications are still being developed, the best strategy at this time is in supportive care – like, taking in fluids and proper ventilation. In short, treat it as how you would when you have a flu as similar symptoms like coughing and fever are present.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, if not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands – and if you are a health care worker, use protective equipment.
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze with tissue – then throw the tissue to the trash can.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Avoid nonessential travel and traveling to outbreak areas.
- Stay away from crowds. If unavoidable, wear a face mask.
- Avoid close contact with sick people or be at least 2 meters away from a person showing viral symptoms.
- Stay home and isolate when you are sick.
- If you need to go to the hospital, call to know the procedure first so as not to overburden healthcare professionals and increase infection; then wear a face mask once you proceed.
- A chest CT scan shows to be good in quick screening those with fever, a possible infection of the COVID-19 virus.
COVID-19 Travel Tips
- Be aware of travel advisories and COVID-19 updates.
- Avoid crowded places especially if it’s in an enclosed structure.
- Travel in a private jet if you could, else, take the window seats instead of the aisles of a commercial plane if possible.
- Avoid traveling via cruise ships.
- Keep distance from people with symptoms. Respiratory particles from coughing or sneezing could travel about 1 meter, thus, be at least 2 meters away from the person.
- Practice proper hygiene especially washing your hands whenever you eat, after using the toilet or holding frequently held objects and surfaces.
Vacations can wait. Just make sure of the air you breathe first.
Happy and safe travels!