Most people know to open doors with an elbow; keep a social distance of 6 feet from others; avoid activities with a large number of people, and to use touchless payment methods whenever possible. The following are a few other tips and tricks to help make your travel safer:
- Wash and/or sanitize hands after touching any surface.
- Don't touch your mask/face once it is on.
- Disinfect your credit or debit card after use.
- If driving or flying, plan as few stops as possible. Additionally, the Transportation Security Administration recommends placing items from your pockets into your carry-on bag before you go through the security checkpoint so you don't have to place them in an unsanitized bin.
- Sign up with a medical assistance provider with a global reach that can provide you with local intel, health care resources and telehealth access.
The pandemic has redefined how we travel. The better we are at following established protocols, and new ones that may arise as we learn more about how the virus behaves, the better we will be at minimizing exposure to the disease.
(Jeff Weinstein is a paramedic and a Medical Operations Supervisor for Global Rescue, the world's leading provider of medical, security, evacuation and travel risk management services to enterprises, governments and individuals.)