Families all across the world travel for a variety of reasons, including necessity and leisure. However, the COVID-19 epidemic is far from gone, and travel remains dangerous and difficult in many regions of the world. If you and your loved ones must travel, here are some ideas to keep in mind to make the trip safer.
Is it safe to travel while the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing?
Every trip carries the danger of contracting or spreading COVID-19. Check to see if COVID-19 is spreading in your area and any of the places you plan to visit before you go. If you or your family are unwell, have COVID-19 symptoms, or have been around someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, don’t travel. Unvaccinated family members who are at a higher risk of serious disease (older family members, those with underlying medical disorders) should postpone all travel until they have received all vaccines. Consider postponing any trips to unvaccinated family members or acquaintances who are more prone to get seriously sick for the time being.
Is it safe to travel after getting vaccinated against COVID-19?
Even after full immunization against COVID-19, travel, like any activity that requires coming into contact with people from various families, is not risk-free. The good news is that getting the recommended number of vaccine doses and allowing the immunizations enough time to work minimizes your chances of becoming extremely ill and spreading the virus to others.
The protection conferred by two-dose COVID-19 vaccines is only partial after the first dosage, and you must wait two weeks after the second dose to be considered fully protected. Maximum protection against COVID-19 begins a few weeks after getting a one-dose vaccine.
It’s crucial to remember that no vaccine can guarantee 100% protection against COVID-19, so examine local advice on COVID-19 transmission and vaccination rates to determine the level of precautions you need to take.
After recovering from COVID-19, is it still necessary for me to get vaccinated before I travel?
People who have already been infected with COVID-19 should still get vaccinated, whether they are travelling or not. The majority of sick people develop antibodies and immune cells that help them fight infection, but the immune response varies widely, and it’s unclear how long this protection lasts. Immune protection that can prevent a second infection may begin to wane in persons who were just mildly unwell after a few months.
It’s important to remember that getting vaccinated isn’t only about protecting yourself; it’s also about protecting others around you.
How should we get ready to travel as a family?
If you do decide to travel, make sure you are aware of any travel restrictions, stay-at-home orders, quarantining, and testing requirements in your immediate region, as well as any destinations you plan to visit (check websites of Ministries of Health, Ministries of Foreign Affairs and local health authorities). Keep in mind that these restrictions can change at any time, causing your travel plans to be disrupted. Also, make sure to verify your airline’s travel regulations.
If you or a member of your family is exposed to COVID-19 while on vacation, you may be isolated or quarantined, and your return may be delayed. If you or your family become ill or injured while travelling, some healthcare systems may be overburdened, and you or your family may have limited access to adequate medical care in affected areas. It’s a good idea to verify your health or travel insurance policy for COVID-19 coverage and limits.
Check ahead of time to see what transportation, food, and lodging choices are available at your destination. Remember that various businesses and services, such as public transportation, stores and restaurants, as well as famous tourist destinations, may be completely or partially disrupted in affected areas, so keep up with the latest information on service and process modifications.
What should we do if we intend to spend the night somewhere other than our home?
If you plan to stay in a hotel or other type of lodging, find out what preventative measures they have in place ahead of time:
- Are employees wearing masks and practicing physical distancing at work?
- Are there any extra safeguards in place, such as plexiglass barriers at check-in, changed layouts, or barriers in the lobby, elevators, and common spaces to allow for physical separation between all staff, guests, and visitors?
- Is there a suitable ventilation system installed?
- Is the hotel implementing updated cleaning and disinfection policies?
When you get to your room, disinfect any high-touch surfaces, such as keys, doorknobs, and remote controls. When you arrive, if feasible, open windows to assist ventilate the space. To keep the number of persons outside your family in the room as low as possible, request no cleaning or other room services.
What steps should we take to ensure our safety when travelling?
All parents and caregivers should take the following measures for themselves and their children while travelling:
- Avoid congested areas, as well as restricted and enclosed environments with inadequate ventilation.
- When you’re out in public, try to keep a physical gap of at least 1 metre between you and other people.
- When in public locations where COVID-19 is prevalent and physical separation is not practicable, wear masks.
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand massage.
- Keep your hands away from your face (eyes, nose, mouth)
- Clean and disinfect regularly touched surfaces such as phones, keys, doorknobs, and light switches on a regular basis.
- Consider the safest dining options if you prefer to eat outside. It is safer to eat outside or order takeout than to eat indoors. Before you eat, remember to wash or sanitise your hands.
- If you or your kid gets a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or other COVID-19 symptoms, seek medical help right once.
When we get home, what should we do?
Follow any recommendations or restrictions issued by your national or local authorities when you return home, and continue to take all of the necessary measures, including monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms and getting medical assistance if they appear.
It indeed is very tough for all of us to not have our routine life’s and compromise in ways one could never even imagine but for the safely of our loved ones and ours taking certain measures is very important.