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The number of COVID-19 cases in India have been increasing daily since the coronavirus pandemic began. Despite this, with COVID-19 lockdown restrictions loosening around the country, many have found themselves traveling for work or to see friends and family. Though cities and businesses are beginning to open up, health experts say traveling is still something we must do with major caution. Also Read: COVID-19: Scientists publish striking images of coronavirus infected cells inside human lungs
Many things have not changed in terms of COVID-19 and we still do not have coronavirus medicine, we still don’t necessarily have a treatment for it. It’s still quite rampant and worse in some parts of the country.
Despite this, if you do choose to travel, avoid large groups of people. Instead, traveling with your household and keeping your circle small lowers your risk of infection and the chances of infecting others with COVID-19. This could come in the form of road tripping, short day trips, camping or any activities that involve minimal contact with others.Also Read: COVID-19 pandemic: How safe is it for kids to go back to school?
So, which form of transportation is safest in times of COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic?
While traveling, we should be cautious of any public transportation. If you are going to have to use an airplane or train, the most important thing is not just wearing a mask, but considering eye protection, too. This can include face shields, glasses or goggles, and generally avoiding touching your eyes or face.Also Read: COVID-19 treatment: Steroids may improve survival rate of critically ill patients, study says
Therefore, traveling by car becomes the safest option— though this comes with the potential risk of public rest stops. Health officials say it is safe to use public restrooms, so long as individuals wash their hands with soap and water and touch as few surfaces as possible.
“Your risk is much lower if you are able to avoid the three Cs, which are closed spaces, crowds and close contact.”
Because COVID-19 is mainly thought to be spread between people who are in close contact, health officials also suggest socially distancing in line for the restroom and generally remaining cautious of the virus at public rest stops. Also Read: Mental health in India: Depression cases and suicidal tendencies rise due to COVID-19
When you arrive at your destination after these travels, the safety precautions shouldn’t stop. Doctors recommend self-isolation as the best thing to do once you arrive, and following local government guidelines. Try to stay at home as much as possible for those 14 days as recommended. If you start having any symptoms of a cold or a cough or some of the things that you would normally try to walk off, it’s important to try to ride that out at home if it is safe to do so or call your doctor if you have any questions. Also Read: COVID-19 mask myths busted: Yes, masks work. No, they do not cause oxygen deficiency
The topic of travel will continue to be a fluid situation throughout the year, according to Patel. Globally, people should continue to keep an eye out for hotspots and any increase in cases and utilize as many safety precautions as possible during their travels.
Though restrictions are loosening around the country, there is no clear and definite answer of what is perfectly safe to do at the moment. Staying home is still the safest option, and any departure from the home includes some level of risk. It is up to the individual to weigh these risks and get the most out of their summer, while still keeping themselves and those around them safe from the virus.