How to Travel during COVID-19?

Covid-19 has wholly transformed our entire lifestyle. Offices have shifted over work from home, schools-colleges have adopted online medium of teaching, peoples are avoiding going outside for shopping and have shifted over E-commerce sites. The entire traditional way of doing things has transformed.

Amid the outbreak of the new covid variant “Omicron,” people have started locking themselves inside their homes again after relief of a few months. After March 2020, it has been almost two years since the entire world faces this exhausting situation. Human Being is social animal. We cannot survive by breaking social relations. We need to travel to meet our loved ones, and we need to travel to get some refreshment from our routine boring life.

If you too want to travel in this tough time, we have some advice for you, but before heading out of your home, make sure you don’t have any covid symptoms.

1. Get Vaccinated

Travel during COVID-19
Travel during COVID-19

Getting vaccinated is the best thing you can do to avoid covid infections. It reduces the chance of severe illness and death and prevents the spread of the virus. We are very fortunate that our country is a mass producer of vaccines, and it is readily available for us. In Africa and other Asian countries, there is a massive shortage of vaccines. So make sure to be fully vaccinated to avoid any unpleasant situation.

2. Get Your RT-PCR Test Done 

Travel during COVID-19
Travel during COVID-19

Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test is the most reliable way to diagnose covid-19. It has around a 95% efficacy rate, which is far more than the other testing methods. Many states in India have made it mandatory to have a negative RT-PCR report for travellers from another state. So get your test done before leaving home and go through the state’s covid protocols where you are planning to visit.

3. Carry Covid Essentials

Mask, Sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes are the mandatory things that should always be with you if you are heading out. The mask should be either N95 or FFP2; both these masks reduce the chance of infection by 95% if worn correctly. Avoid using a mask with valves as the recent study has declared them inefficient. If you are using a fabric mask, then using a three-ply mask as a fabric mask alone cannot stop the spread of the virus.

Use Alcohol-based hand sanitisers, which should have at least 60% of alcohol in them. Use it frequently and avoid touching your face. Each time you remove your mask, get your hand sanitized. Use disinfectant wipes to clean surfaces around you while travelling.

4. Avoid Public Transport

Travel during COVID-19
Travel during COVID-19

Avoid public transport as much as you can. It becomes impossible to maintain social distancing if you are travelling through public transport, so even if you follow all the covid protocols, there is a high chance of getting infected. If the distance is short then use personal vehicles or rented vehicles but if you have to travel a long distance the prefer to go by air. Air travel is comparatively safer than the other travel mediums.

5. Get tech-savvy

Travel during COVID-19
Travel during COVID-19

as we live in 2022, trade becomes more accessible with the help of online payments through UPI, Paytm, and many more. Try to pay via digital methods to avoid getting infected while touching various things. Get your vaccination certificates on your device and do web check-in to avoid queues and be safe from the virus. Also, a suggestion is to carry cash as there is a risk of infection while using ATMs as some shops don’t accept online payments.

6. Travel manners

take care of your hygiene while travelling. Cover your mouth while coughing and sneezing. Use sanitisers and wipes after touching any public surfaces, which can be infectious. Try to maintain a 3-6 feet distance while in the queue don’t rush as nothing is more important than your health.

7. Food habits

Travel during COVID-19
Travel during COVID-19

try to change your food habits before travelling. Start taking an immunity-boosting diet as there may be fewer chances of falling you will if you are fully immuned. Try to eat healthy food while travelling from a hygienic place. Try to eat juicy fruits rich in vitamin C; you should also take travel insurance.

8. Slow down during peak seasons

If you are a frequent traveller, it is not advised to travel during peak seasons as there are high chances of falling ill. Try to travel when there is less rush or travel to those places where there is less rush, it would be good for you and your pocket. Travelling during peak season can burn a big hole in your pocket.

Try to travel safely as nothing is more important than your health. Happy journey