The World Health Organisation explains coronaviruses as a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections. The most recently discovered coronavirus disease is COVID-19. COVID-19 is the infectious disease, which is now a pandemic, affecting many countries globally.
Here at Triparison, our passion is travel. So we too, feel the difficulty and adversity that the world is currently experiencing due to COVID-19. The safety of our customers is absolutely paramount, so we have taken the time to consolidate some key information to help you, should you need to travel during this trialling time.
Important things to consider before travelling:
Are you a high-risk person?
Older people, and those with underlying medical problems such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer, are considered high-risk. They have a greater chance of acquiring the virus, and symptoms of COVID-19 can affect these individuals more severely. Travel in general is advised against, particularly if you have one of these conditions. However, if your trip is necessary, you can lower the risk by following the safety precautions mentioned later in this article.
Who do you live with?
Should you live with somebody who is considered high-risk, you may want to consider precautions when you return from your travels, in order to protect them. Some options include quarantining in your own living space, arranging alternative accommodation for a short while and/or using your own towels, cutlery and crockery.
Are there restrictions in the place you are travelling?
Following the global spread of coronavirus, many countries have adopted laws in order to protect their citizens and prevent a further spread. For example, some destinations require travellers to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, whereas others require a coronavirus test to be conducted some days before departure, or upon arrival. You should check these requirements before deciding to travel, to adjust your schedule accordingly
Safety precautions to take when travelling:
Keep your distance
Social distancing is key, as COVID-19 is thought to be spread when an infected person coughs and/or sneezes. Keeping at least 2m (or 6ft) away from each other drastically lessens the chances of you catching the virus in this way. When travelling, whether this is by plane, train or bus, try and ensure that nobody sits in the seats directly next to you, to adhere to these distancing rules.
The use of a face mask in all public areas is essential – it doesn’t only protect you, but everybody around you. Make sure the mask is fully covering both your nose and mouth in order for it to be effective.
We appreciate that masks can become cumbersome and irritable, but finding the right one for you can make all the difference! Why not try making your own, to reduce the waste caused by reusable masks, and to make sure it’s personalised to your own size and style?
Keeping your hands squeaky-clean is another way we can prevent the virus spreading. Wherever possible, avoid touching frequently used surfaces in public areas, such as door handles, hand rails and elevator buttons, with your bare hands. Try covering your hands with a sleeve, glove or tissue instead.
Regularly washing and sanitising your hands will also need to become a part of your day-to-day routine. Key times to wash your hands include; before and after preparing and eating food; after touching animals; after using the toilet; after coughing, blowing your nose or sneezing and; after touching rubbish. You should spend at least 20 seconds washing your hands each time. Although this seems lengthy, 20 seconds of washing can be easily achieved if you use plenty of soap and ensure that you are paying attention to your fingertips, thumbs and wrists.
Throughout history, mankind has proven its resilience and capability of overcoming adversity; and this pandemic will be no different. Just like many of you, we too are experiencing the ‘cabin fever’. However, if we all stick together and follow the general guidelines, the impact of the virus will reduce. We trust that we will come out of the other end of this and we will start conquering the world together again soon.