Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). However, if you have a planned travel trip and not sure if you should go ahead – here is a short quiz to check if it may still be a “go”!
Your vacation may still be a go! If your answer matches the response in additions to each question, move on to the next question. If not, you may need to reconsider your travel plans.
- Are the travellers healthy? (Yes)
- Have the travellers received flu shots? (Yes)
- Do any of the travellers or anyone the travellers have had contact with have any underlying high-risk conditions for the virus, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease? (No)
- Are any travel restrictions for your destination listed on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or US Department of State websites? (No)
- Is the trip a cruise (which Wootton advises against)? (No)
- Are there any major events after the trip that would cause problems if you and your fellow travellers were quarantined for a period of time? (No)
- Would anxiety during travel ruin the trip for you? (No)
- Are you reasonably able to take common preventative measures – such as washing hands and keeping hands away from the face – during travel? (Yes)
- Would your regret be manageable if you or a family member caught Covid-19? (Yes)
If you’ve positively made your way to the end of the checklist, your planned vacation may still go ahead!
Here are a few precautions:
Frequently wash your hands
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not freely available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community.
Steps to protect others
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
Throw used tissues in the bin.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Wearing a mask
- If you ARE sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room.
- If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.