Emergency Travel During COVID-19 in 2021

The whole country is at standstill. A while ago the whole world was, but we are healing. The pandemic has been rough on us. With the onset of the second wave in India, almost all the states of India have declared either a partial or a complete lockdown. The mutation of the virus is proving to be deadly and to safeguard public health, the states are doing all that they can. To think of travel during these times is scary. No one would want to venture out unless really necessary given the situation outside. But sometimes, travel cannot be avoided. In some cases, to be with our family, we might have to rush to another place ASAP and use trains, buses or flights. During our journey, we will come across many touchpoints that put us at the risk of contracting the virus. We have already written a blog on how to protect yourself during your bus journey in these trying times. You can find it here.

Here are some more questions you need to ask yourself before you step out of the house for unavoidable travel.

What precautions should I take during travel?
Make sure to book your ticket online and not in person at the counter whenever you’re travelling. Check public health websites before you step out of your home. Wear a face mask that covers your face and nose properly. Wash or sanitize your hands before and after you touch any object or surface. Maintain at least six feet distance from people who are not your household members. Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes.

What is meant by essential or emergency travel?
This applies to situations that need your immediate presence and simply cannot function without you there. Travelling to another because your parents or a family member is sick and has no one to look after them is considered an emergency. Medical personnel and front line workers need to go from one place to another. Emergency responders, public health sector workers, police officers on duty are all listed under essential workers and are allowed to travel to their destinations. Their service is vital for society to hold itself together in these trying times. Any other travel that does not constitute an emergency is not counted under essential travel.

What kind of mask should you wear?

How efficient is your mask?

Cloth mask – This protects you from dust, pollen and other particles in the air. It does not protect you from viruses and bacteria.
Surgical mask – This protects you from exposure to germs found in droplets in the air, which are bigger than 3 microns in size. Does not protect you from bacteria and viruses. Coronavirus is 0.125 microns size.
N95 mask: This mask provides the greatest level of protection to the person wearing the mask. It is efficient against particles of size 0.3 microns and up. But coronavirus is still smaller (0.125 microns).
So, to have maximum protection. It’s suggested to wear a double mask. Surgical mask + N95.

how to wear mask

There are a few things to keep in mind:

  • When worn over the nose and mouth, masks provide a barrier to stop droplets from travelling into the air when you talk, sneeze or cough.
  • Using masks and staying more than six (6) feet apart greatly reduces the risk of transmission to others.
  • If you have COVID-19 but are not showing symptoms, a mask can help to protect those around you; if you are healthy, a mask protects you from others who may transmit the virus.
  • What if I recently travelled and am sick?

    Stay home and self-isolate even if you have minor symptoms such as cough, headache, mild fever until you recover. Call your health care provider or tele-consult a doctor on Practo or Doconline. Have a friend bring you supplies. If you need to leave your house or have someone near you, wear a medical mask to avoid infecting others.

  • By staying home, you can help prevent spreading the virus to others in your community. Plan to only go out if you need to seek medical care.
  • If you share your home with others, distance yourself from them as much as possible. Try to use a bedroom and bathroom that’s separate from the rest of your household.
  • It’s important to let your doctor or healthcare provider know about your symptoms. They may ask you questions about when and how you may have been exposed. Try to answer these to the best of your ability.
  • Your doctor will give you instructions on how to care for yourself while you’re ill. They may also arrange for you to be tested for COVID-19 if you haven’t been tested already.
  • Keep track of your symptoms, and vitals like temperature and oxygen levels. If they begin to worsen, don’t hesitate to get medical attention. Plan to call ahead before you arrive at your doctor’s office, an urgent care facility, or an emergency room.
  • The situation outside is grim. Please get your shot of the vaccine as soon as possible to make the world safer and to protect yourself from the virus. Do not step out unless absolutely necessary. Take all the necessary precautions when you are travelling. We wish you safe travels to all your destinations, book your tickets on Abhibus with our safe-t features to be assured of a safe, secure and hassle-free experience.

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