TRAVEL WITH FAMILY DURING THE CORONAVIRUS restrictions
The end of the year is coming and festivals are beginning. Traveling to either local or international destinations may be a necessity or recreation. Nothing adds much happiness and fulfillment to life than traveling with a family or friends. But since the onset of the coronavirus epidemic, it has become difficult to travel freely. Free movement of people has been too restricted and it is too risky for every day. But I have some tips to help tour your destination more safely without posing a risk to your family.
Affect of Coronavirus on Local & International Tourism
On 30 January 2020, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of COVID-19 to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. We are not going to dwell on the coronavirus on this page. Since then there has been cessation and restriction of movement which has affected the tourism industry. Measures have been implemented by authorities and the transport sector to align with public health strategies and social measures. Here, we are going to look at how you can travel in coronavirus safely with your family.
Is it is safe to travel during the Pandemic?
During the pandemic, travel restrictions have interfered with local and international traffic with the failing tourism sector which increases any countries GDP. According to data released d by CDC, it is OK to travel, but always remember that there are no zero risks when considering the potential of getting or transferring coronavirus to other people. Therefore, before you do coronavirus travel, always check the restriction in the area of travel. The WHO has daily situation reports which will quid you to choose areas to visit. This is based on Interim Guidance WHO Global surveillance for COVID-19 and includes the following areas.
What to check before choosing destination?
1. Number of cases
These are areas with no reported cases and are safe to travel to.
2. Sporadic cases
These are areas with one or more cases and they are safe to travel to.
These are areas experiencing cases, clustered in time, geographic location, and/or common exposures. These areas should be avoided since there is a medium risk of getting COVID-19
4. Community transmission
These are areas with large outbreaks of local transmission with no linkable transmission chains. These areas should not be traveled in or out.
Pre-travel Check off List
Most important, even with the above travel guidelines, it is always vital to remember the following important points before traveling.
1. Check if COVID-19 is spreading in your travel destination.
2. Do not travel if you or your family member is sick, has COVID-19 symptoms of or have been around someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
3. And Do not travel with family members who are at higher risk for severe illness (the old members, those with comorbid diseases)
4. Again, Do not travel to high-risk destinations.
During Coronavirus Travel Check off List
When traveling with family members, always check the recommended checkoff list by World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) for coronavirus travel, the CDC, WHO, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), local authorities International Labor Organization (ILO), the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the World Bank for guidelines which include.
1. Always have basic medications with you like antipyretics.
2. Wash your hands frequently using soap and running water
3. Sanitize your hands and frequently touching surfaces with an alcohol-based hand rub
4. Avoid touching your face (eyes, nose, and mouth)
5. Avoid crowded, confined, enclosed spaces or places with poor ventilation
6. Keep a social distance of at least 1 meter from other people in public
7. Wear the recommend fabric masks
8. Seek medical care early if you develop or suspect other symptoms of COVID-19
9. After you return home, follow recommendations of quarantine duration while watching for any symptoms of COVID-19.
Traveling with family may be safe when considering the fact that there are minimal interactions with asymptomatic carriers. But always prepare in advance as per instructions above. These include checking the tourist destination for the spread of disease. It is always safe and advisable to avoid traveling to faraway places which increases the risk of interaction with asymptomatic Covid-19 patients. Consider destination which is less populated. Check the local measures which are in place for the areas you choose to travel to. When possible, avoid using public means when you can avoid exceptions in case of air travel (except when you own an aircraft).
The safest method of travel would be a family car which will also be more enjoyable, bringing new experiences to your family. Apart from that, equip yourself with normal traveling equipment, clothes, and other accessory and do not forget enough masks. My point of view is to choose a camping site rather than checking into a hotel. More so, avoid touring during high tourist peak seasons for coronavirus travel, or using high crowded routes, or staying in crowded places. More so, plan your meals beforehand. And above all, stay safe and Enjoy.