How to travel safely during COVID times

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The COVID-19 virus started infecting the world in December 2019.  Since then, nothing has been the same as before.  Businesses have suffered, travel has been canceled, people have not been able to step out of their houses without following proper precautionary measures and schools have been closed as if doom has befallen on the world.

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However, with proactive precautionary steps from the government and the awareness of people around us, we have been able to partially come out of this pandemic and lives have started to fall in syncwith the new normal.  I don’t know how long it will take for us to go back to a world that we knew,  whether it is going to be like the way it was,  but I have to agree that this is the new normal, and the sooner we get used to it the better.

Though several travel advisories have been floated by different State and Central Governments,  people have been discouraged to travel across cities and outside the country.  However, if the need is dire and one feels that he has to travel,  thensome precautions have to be followed while traveling.  Here are some pointers to travel safe in COVID-19.

              1. Since the COVID-19 virus spreads in the form of droplets in the air and as fomite, the utmost care has to be taken for hand hygiene.  You have to frequently wash your hands after coming in contact with people or touching surfaces so that the infection doesn’t spread to you. You can wash your hands with soap and water or sanitize your hands with a hand rub containing at least 80% alcohol.
  1. Practice wearing a face mask more frequently while traveling as this will protect you from droplets in the air. Not only that, if you are a carrier of the virus and have been infected yourself, wearing a face mask will make sure that you do not infect others.
  2. Avoid touching surfaces with the palm of your hands. Instead, use your flexed elbow if possible.
  3. Many airports sanitize your bags, clothes, and shoes at the time of entering their premises, but it is a good practice to carry a sanitizer and use it frequently. The key is to protect your eyes, nose, and mouth since these are the ways that this virus might infect you.

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