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If You Travel

During your trip, take steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:

  • Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when in public settings.
  • Avoid close contact by staying at least 6 feet apart (about 2 arms’ length) from anyone who is not from your household.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitiser (with at least 60% alcohol).
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

 

Considerations for Types of Travel

Travel increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. Your chances of getting COVID-19 while traveling also depend on whether you and those around you take steps to protect yourself and others, such as wearing masks and staying 6 feet away from people outside your household. Airports, bus stations, train stations, and rest stops are all places travellers can be exposed to the virus in the air and on surfaces. These are also places where it can be hard to social distance. In general, the longer you are around a person with COVID-19, the more likely you are to get infected.

 

     Air travel

Air travel requires spending time in security lines and airport terminals, which can bring you in close contact with other people and frequently touched surfaces. Most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on flights because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes. However, social distancing is difficult on crowded flights, and sitting within 6 feet of others, sometimes for hours, may increase your risk of getting COVID-19.

Also consider how you get to and from the airport, as public transportation and ridesharing can increase your chances of being exposed to the virus.

 

Bus or train travel

Traveling on buses and trains for any length of time can involve sitting or standing within 6 feet of others, which may increase your risk of getting COVID-19. If you choose to travel by bus or train, learn what you can do to protect yourself on public transportation.

Car travel

Making stops along the way for gas, food, or bathroom breaks can put you and your traveling companions in close contact with other people and frequently-touched surfaces.

Tips to avoid getting and spreading COVID-19 in common travel situations:

In public:

  • Wear a mask in public settings.
  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from anyone who is not from your household.

Bathrooms and rest stops:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after using the bathroom and after you have been in a public place.
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

Hotels and accommodations:

  • Consider taking the stairs. Otherwise wait to use the elevator until you can either ride alone or only with people from your household.
  • Request contactless delivery for any room service order.
  • Disinfect beds using spray.

Food stops:

  • The safest option is to bring your own food. If you don’t bring your own food, use take away options. 

 

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Thanks for compiling the important safety information, we all should take care while travelling.
I just want to add my opinion and few additional information. I feel, travelling via Train and Bus is riskier, especially the AC coaches. I learnt from an article (https://www.financialexpress.com/infrastructure/railways/your-ac-train-travel-is-set-to-change-indian-railways-to-revamp-its-air-conditioned-coaches-heres-why/2007280/), that AC coaches in trains throws 80% of the air back into the coaches and sucks in just 20% fresh air.  You all know, Covid19 spreads via Air around us. The same article also mentioned that Railway ministry is trying to improve the air circulation process in coaches, may have implemented in few trains as a part of experiment, but I guess not in all the trains. So, in summary Train or Bus journey is risky. I suggest travel by your own vehicle (preferable) or Airplane, again keeping all the care mentioned in the write-up above by Gowtham.

I would like to share key information related to commonly used sanitization liquids (although Soap and water is still preferable):

1. Alcohol based sanitizers, work fast and kill viruses/bacteria in 30 seconds; 2. Sodium Hypochlorite  based sanitizers (liquid, fumes, etc) take about 15 min to sanitize the surface; 3. Benzalkonium chloride based surface disinfectants require 3 min to clean and sanitize the surface.

 

Travel with Sanitizers (alcohol based and non-alcohol based both); use non-alcohol based sanitizers/disinfectants to clean the touch points, like clothes, bed sofa, door knobs, bathroom taps, toilet surface. The only thing you need to take care is the time they take to clean the surface.

 

I hope it helps the readers of this forum, and happy travelling.

 

Source: The label instructions of the sanitizers

 

Edited by Kshitiz
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