Lots of people are afraid to travel right now because of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Is this situation totally new? What precautions should you take if you are traveling?
Body temperature testing in Asia is not new. I was in Taiwan last year and there was this booth with a large screen. You could see the temperature of everyone that passed by the booth. The infrared colors of the people on the screen were mostly green and blue. I’m assuming orange and red would mean someone had a fever. I had never seen that before.
In 2016 I was in Hong Kong. All I heard were warnings about the Bird Flu. As we boarded the plane there was a little partition. I think it was to check people who were ill before they boarded the flight. Interestingly enough, half the people on the plane appeared to be coughing and sneezing throughout the 16-hour flight. A lot did have masks. But that’s a different story. Asia is not new at screening people, at least in airports. Now that the COVID-19 virus has spread outside of Asia, it’s affecting more travelers. Then what can you do to protect yourself?
The COVID-19 Coronavirus is still a Virus
A good offense is the best defense right. I’m that person who gets on a plane and wipes everything down. Start your offense before you even get on the plane.
- Don’t touch your face. This can be so hard sometimes but really keeps our hands from transferring germs into our eyes, nose and mouth.
- There’s back and forth about whether or not masks are effective. I’m heading on a plane in about a month. I’ll be wearing a mask. What harm will it do? Especially since we can all spread illnesses before we are aware we have them.
- Wipe down all surfaces with disinfectant wipes. I always use Wet Wipes, but I will start using Lysol wipes instead. They have a better chance of protection against stronger viruses/disease.
- Wash your hands/use hand sanitizer.
- Turn on the air vent at your seat. You’re not going to get fresh air on a plane. But it’s the next best thing.
- Emergen-C powder. I tried this for the first time last week at work. I suggest that as well as Airborne tablets for an immune system boost.
Do all the things you’d do with any virus. This virus isn’t the first and it won’t be the last.
Be kind. People always forget this when panic strikes. Treat those around you with dignity. Viruses and diseases affect all types of people from every country.
Even before you plan on traveling, try to stay healthy. Keep your immune system up. If you do get infected with any type of virus, you’ll be in a better position to fight it.
UPDATE: I have to take back my words. Unfortunately my travel plans to Europe will not be happening. We can’t accomplish anything without our health or the good health of those around us.