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Flying During a Pandemic - Precautions to Be Taken

​This is one of the most uncertain times of the year. The virus outbreak has locked everything down. The travelers are scared to plan their next trips, and most airlines are experiencing choppy waters. But there can be times when you cannot avoid flying. And flying during such an epidemic disease is truly a matter of concern. So, what should you do to avoid contracting the disease? This article contains all the precautions that travelers need to take while in flight. 

Things to Keep in Mind Before You Jet Out 

1. Do a thorough Research 

Make sure to check the health notices before you plan your itinerary to another country. Read the travel advisories and notices and stay updated. Research thoroughly where to fly, and where not to. So many airlines and cruise lines have suspended or routed their services to other airports and cruise ports. Hence, make sure to consult your travel agents before you set out for a journey. Or you can simply visit Travel.State.Gov and type the destination you are flying to; you’ll get the better idea about the current scenarios there. 

2. Know the Things You Must Pack 

Besides your other belongings, you must carry travel insurance and other essential travel documents along. Plan and pack for the unforeseen, such as pack the additional doses for your medication and an extra pair of clothes in case the airline announces a flight delay due to the outbreak. 

3. Sanitize Your Seat 

You need to be extra cautious when you are in a war against a contagious disease. And for that, sanitize your plane seat using antibacterial wipes with alcohol. Clean every corner of your area such as armrests, seat belt handle, tray table, call button, air vents and if possible, seat’s headrests. These are the most touched areas and disinfecting them is an effective way to wipe off the germs. You must also apply the same practice while traveling on train or bus. 

4. Be Cautious about what you touch 

Respiratory ailments transmit to others when they come in contact with the saliva or mucus of an infected person. First, wear a mask while traveling and secondly be cautious about the surfaces that you touch. Since the droplets from the cough and sneeze reach the nearby surfaces, which further can affect the other passengers.

In case you happen to sit with a person who is sneezing and coughing, do not touch any surface in the area. Also, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds and don’t touch your face with unclean hands. Always travel with an alcohol-based sanitizer and disinfectant wipes. 

5. Be aware of the signs 

You may fall sick during the flight journey; hence you must know the signs of contagious diseases like COVID-19. If you feel that you have contracted the virus seek medical attention immediately. DO NOT TRY TO HIDE THE SITUATION AT ALL. 

The common symptoms for the disease include shortening of breath, cough, and fever. However, the symptoms do not particularly point to coronavirus, it can be a common flu too. But it’s better to take help instantly. Also, make sure to buy travel insurance that covers Coronavirus.​​