The holidays are fast approaching. While many people normally opt to take time off to travel this time of year, some travelers might choose to stay home in 2020 in an attempt to halt the spread of COVID-19.
Here are some tips to keep those who are traveling this year as safe as possible:
- Before traveling, be sure to check out the CDC’s tracker to see each state’s case numbers for the last seven days. This will equip travelers with data to make an informed decision before hitting the road.
- For those who are flying, keep your mask on and socially distance as much as possible. This includes travel to and from the airport, waiting in the airport and while boarding and exiting the plane. According to a recent study highlighted in NPR, “since airlines have started to require masks, scientists have not documented one super-spreading event on airlines.” The data suggests the masks are working to keep the risk low on planes, in conjunction with high quality air ventilation and filtration systems, which remove coronavirus particles from the air about every six minutes according to the U.S. Transportation Command.
- When using public transportation such as a train, bus or airplane, remember to disinfect all surfaces around your seat and avoid touching your face as much as possible.
- Keep discussions with others to a minimum. According to Virginia Tech Engineer, Lindsey Marr, “When you talk, you can emit 10 times the droplets and aerosols that you do when you're quiet.”
- Plan ahead, and make sure you know all of the current rules and regulations in place for your trip. If you are staying at a hotel, check out your preferred brand’s website and check-in information to make sure you are up to date with what to expect throughout your stay.
Stay safe and enjoy the season, however it might look this year.