How to Handle Air Travel during the Coronavirus Outbreak

 

2020 starts with a dangerous alter for our globe with a vibe of Coronavirus and Travel is hazardous enough with cold and flu spell and the persistent threat of weather woes, and this year travelers have an added fear: a coronavirus outbreak in China that has spread to several countries around the world.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in many countries has taken the unusual step of screening passengers traveling from Wuhan, China, upon arrival at airports. According to Chicago suntimes Screenings for 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or “2019-nCoV,” will occur over the next few weeks at New York City’s JFK International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, San Francisco International Airport, and Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson, the CDC said.

Here are some tips that help travelers to avoid any unpleasant situation

1. Wash your hands often, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. The health authorities says it is the single most important infection control measure, and it lists it first among the guidelines for preventing the supper of disease on commercial aircraft.

2. Carry alcohol-based hand sanitizer (the health authorities recommends at least 60% alcohol) in case water isn’t nearby.

3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, the authorities of health tells flight crews and passengers.

4. Keep the air vents above your seat open to improve ventilation. Frequent flier and travel analyst Henry Harteveldt of Atmosphere Research in San Francisco says he points the open vent to blow air away from him on every flight.

5. Wipe down the arm rests and tray table with sanitary wipes and bring tissues to open the bathroom door.

6. Bring a face mask in case you’re seated next to someone coughing or sneezing. Flight crews use them when dealing with sick passengers with respiratory symptoms.

7. Pick a window seat and don’t budge.

8. Ask a flight attendant if it’s possible to switch seats to move away from a sick passenger. The same March study found that passengers within two seats or a row of a passenger with a respiratory illness have an 80% or greater possibility of getting sick, CNN reported.

9. Consult the Travelers’ Health section of the CDC’s website for advisories and advice on traveling around the world. You can filter by last stop and the type of traveler you are, from a family with children to someone with a chronic disease.

10. Do your fellow travelers a favor and don’t fly when you’re really sick. The health authorities recommend travelers stay home a minimum of 24 hours if they have any kind of symptom of fever or flue.

 

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