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It felt as though the lockdown would never end. But now, it has, and everyone is jumping on their feet, getting ready to take a travel. Whether it is to resume work or go for a vacation in a choice location, there is a need to embark safely on the trip, seeing that COVID-19 is still very much a threat.
Amongst the various means of transportation, travelling by air seems to be one of the most preferred seeing that it is faster and safer (though not from the virus).
Though air travel seems to be very much preferred, it is, however, not encouraging as there appears to be an increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the nation. Because of this, many people worry about travelling especially when they’re considering travelling by air.
From the information provided by the centre for disease control and prevention CDC, we know that travelling increases one’s risk of contracting and spreading the coronavirus. Travelling by air makes that risk even higher, as the plane is closed and there is no free flow of air. Also, the arrangement of the seat in an aeroplane does not allow people to sit 6ft apart according to the social distancing guideline.
Nevertheless, it is still possible to travel on air safely, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is some advice to help you reduce your fears and keep you safe during your air travel. Following this advice will make your travel by air a safe decision for you and your family.
- If you have cancer (either presently or previously) or you have other diseases that compromise your immune system, consider cancelling your travel by air or better still, postpone the flight. Having a weakened immune system puts you at a higher risk of contracting coronavirus. And since your immune system is weak, it may not be able to fight the virus like those with a more robust immune system. For this reason, you may quickly develop severe symptoms of COVID-19 immediately after getting infected.
- Always wear a face mask. Though not all Airlines and airports required compulsory face-covering, ensure you wear yours to protect you from individuals that may not be wearing theirs. It is definitely in your best interest to wear the mask throughout the flight and your stay at the airport. Also, always remember to carry more than one mask with you as this may help you if you need to have a change. Wearing one mask for more than 10 hours is not even advisable. So, if you are taking a long flight, you will need to change the nose mask frequently.
- Since the virus can also be transmitted when the suspended respiratory droplets in the form of aerosol come in contacts in your eyes, it is essential to prevent your eyes from contracting the droplets carried by air by wearing safety goggles, sunglasses, or glasses. This is especially important for people who were sitting down together in a closed cabin for a long time.
- Keep your alcohol-based wipes close by in a place where you can easily access it when you enter the aeroplane. Though some airlines clean their seats, tray tables, seatback pocket, and seatbelts, before embarking on a flight, you may need to wipe again to be sure. Some airlines even partner with clinics to help in the cleaning, following their professional cleaning guidelines to ensure proper disinfection. However, nothing can be as safe as cleaning your tray table again before use.
- Wear a pair of pants (preferably long), and long sleeve shirt for your flight. This covering will act as extra protection. Immediately you get to your destination, take off the clothes and wash them before using them again.
- Frequently wash your hands, especially after touching the surfaces in the aeroplane like the bathroom seat tops when getting up, and before putting anything into your mouth, be it food or water.
- If you are taking a full flight or are buoyant enough, consider getting a business of First Class ticket with your mileage points or cash. These areas will give you more private space, therefore, minimising your risk. This is because wearing a mask does not offer full protection when the person sneezing or coughing is very close to you. Certain airlines do not book the middle seat and inform their passengers when they have exceeded the expected 70% capacity. If the potential passenger is not comfortable boarding, they may allow them to change their flight.
Since certain restrictions have been lifted, people are trying to resume their businesses or travel for vacations. However, you must remember that COVID-19 is still very serious, and it is even more severe for people with compromised immune systems. While making your travel safer and less alarming, make sure you are fully informed about COVID19 by checking the resource centre to get updates.
The government of the UK has released the guidelines for travelling and self-isolation. You should look up these guidelines and see how they apply to you. These instructions covers travel in, out, and within the region and the relevant procedures, you will need to follow before taking a deep breath on your seat in the aeroplane.
You can also contact us at Private Blood Tests London to give you regular updates about COVID-19 and how to stay safe. You can also run your test with us; we offer PCR test in London for travel, and other tests needed for travelling to different destinations. Do reach out to us today!