In the midst of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, we’ve received several questions about our summer trips and how to safely travel domestically and internationally. The health and safety of our volunteers is our top priority, and we’d like to encourage all travelers to keep the following recommendations in mind during their travels:
Follow Basic Hygiene Rules
The CDC’s basic hygiene rules will help protect you in the event you’re exposed
to the virus:
- Wash your hands with warm water and soap frequently, for a minimum of twenty seconds.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or the inside of your elbow when you cough and sneeze.
- Remember that face masks are most effective when used by healthcare professionals and those who are contagious. Save the masks for healthcare workers and people at higher risk than the general public
Prepare for your travels by packing must-have items to protect you:
- Disinfectant Wipes
- Hand Sanitizer
Protect Yourself in the Airport
- Limit the contact your items have with other surfaces by bringing an extra resealable bag for your miscellaneous items and pocket change while going through security to avoid any contact with the bin.
- Maintain your space when possible. Avoid sitting and standing in close proximity to others while waiting for your flight and during the boarding process.
- Disinfect your seat and tray (and don’t forget your headrest, where the majority of germs are found).
Avoid High Risk Countries
Choose your destination (and your layovers) carefully! The CDC is recommending avoiding all non-essential travel to the following countries:
- South Korea
- Most of Europe
Know the Symptoms
Upon return from your trip, be mindful of your health. If you exhibit any of the following symptoms within 2-14 days, seek medical attention:
- Flu or Cold-like Symptoms
- Shortness of breath
If you have any questions about how COVID-19 may affect your Summer 2020 travel plans, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our staff has been in contact with the Center for Disease Control and will do our best to answer your questions or refer you to the appropriate resources.
As of March 13, the World Health Association (WHO) has stated that airline travel does not necessarily increase the risk of contracting a communicable disease, but the CDC still recommends that the elderly and/or immunocompromised, who are at the highest risk of contracting COVID-19, avoid all forms of mass transit when possible.