Certainly, the epidemic has reduced the number of travelers, but in the absence of clear directions from governments, people are still allowed to travel for recreation even with the increase in cases of coronavirus infection in all countries of the world.
In her report published by the American “Vox” site, writer Terry Nguyen said that the increase in the number of car and plane trips during the year-end holidays in many countries of the world is an indication of the increase in the number of people infected with the Coronavirus.
In this regard, here are answers to some of the questions you may have about travel at the end of the year, the most important of which are whether you should ever think about traveling for vacation, the safest means of transportation, and how to tell your family that you will not travel to see them this year.
Should I travel?
The author stated that the most responsible and safest option is to avoid travel. A study published in the Journal of American National Academy of Sciences measures found that the majority of cases of coronavirus infection may be the result of transmission from individuals who do not have previous symptoms, which means that those who do not know they are infected It is the virus that causes the epidemic to spread.
And if you’re determined to travel in the coming months, you should consider harm reduction strategies to reduce the risks when leaving your home. There are many variables to consider for each trip, including the mode of travel, the length of the trip, and what you will do at the destination.
If you want to travel to a remote destination on your own or with, for example, family members, the best course of action is to limit interaction with strangers. This can be accomplished by traveling by car, reducing the number of rest stops, and staying at a sterile hotel that offers remote check-in services.
And if you are going to meet the family, there are more factors beyond your control, depending on the number of relatives you plan to see, and have they taken a virus test? Do they limit their contact with those outside the home? What are the infection rates in the region? Will you be subject to quarantine before communicating with them?
These are all questions that you and your family members should think about before making any plans. In short, there is no one-size-fits-all solution, which means that your safety and the safety of your loved ones depends on the choices you make.
What mode of transportation should I take?
The author indicated that there are risks associated with any mode of transport, especially if it includes people sitting close to each other, it is possible that a crowded plane trip or a train trip carries more dangers than a single road trip.
As well as minimizing risks via transportation, public health experts advise travelers to pay equal attention to the destination and activities on their itinerary.
The writer quoted Jared Payten, Deputy Dean of the University of Washington’s School of Public Health, that “what you should do if you have to travel is to think about how to limit contact with others during the trip as much as possible, so as not to contribute to accelerating the spread of the epidemic even when you reach an area.” Rural or vacation area. “
Once again, travel not only puts a person at risk of contracting COVID-19, but can also expose others to it or introduce the virus to a safe society.
Experts believe that those who travel by car can have greater control over the number of people they meet, and although trains and buses are budget-friendly travel alternatives compared to the plane or car, travelers may be reluctant to think about them now, as train travel forces you to be on Direct contact with others.
And the ventilation system on a train may not be as sophisticated as airplanes equipped with air filters, like a hospital, extract about 99% of the viruses. Ventilation is necessary to stop the spread of Covid-19, but being near others increases the risk of transmitting the virus.
Is there a safe time to travel?
There is no safe time to travel during a pandemic, particularly on holidays when most people prefer to travel. So you should stay away from peak days and be flexible in the timing of your trip, as travel patterns can change while avoiding the more crowded days.
How safe are flights?
Even if you are traveling on a relatively full plane, it may not be possible to sit within 6 feet of another passenger, even if the middle seats are vacant.
As a passenger, you may need to go to the bathroom, or one of the passengers on your flight may take off their mask for a short time to have a sip of water. According to the report, which was published on the “Fox” website by writers Julia Bellows and Brian Resnick, the risk of contracting the virus on board the plane remains even though it is low.
Health experts call on travelers to follow preventive measures to protect themselves, as masks must be worn at all times, wash hands well and regularly, and try to avoid crowding as much as possible. Airlines, in turn, must ensure that aircraft are sterilized and their cabins are well-ventilated, even while they are idling.
Are Covid-19 tests before traveling sufficient?
The author cautioned that negative test results do not necessarily mean that a person is completely free of Covid-19. The test is likely to be less accurate before a person has symptoms.
Resnick indicated that this virus multiplies in the body very quickly, which means that the test may be negative in the morning (and not be contagious), but it becomes positive in the afternoon (and is very contagious).
Some airports and airlines are now offering passengers rapid COVID-19 tests, where a negative test can exempt the traveler from quarantine requirements. However, experts still recommend that people self-quarantine before returning home.