CORONA: IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL?
Is it safe to travel?
The answer is no. It is not safe to travel. Coronavirus is a deadly virus that spreads through droplets of cough or saliva. When an infected person coughs, tiny droplets travel over 1 meter and when they come into contact with a healthy person he/she gets infected.
In just under 4 months coronavirus has engulfed the globe and plunged economies into their downtrends. Even worse, it has claimed the lives of over 100,000 people and hasn’t ceased as more people lose their lives every day. Coronavirus was first discovered in Wuhan, China.
It spread quickly to nearby countries like Thailand and now more than 70% of the world has their cases to deal with. So, why risk your life by traveling? The World Health Organization has recommended that the best medicine is to stay at home.
Traveling in these times for whatever reason is very risky. You expose yourself to the virus. If you can avoid movement then stay home. If you must move around, then you should protect yourself by wearing a facemask and a pair of gloves.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose as this could lead to infection. Remember also to wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. The coronavirus pathogens can stay alive on a dry surface for more than 3 hours but by washing your hands, the risk is reduced.
Stay away from crowds because anyone could be infected. Follow these measures if you must travel and don’t forget to isolate yourself for 14 days. Self-isolation gives enough time for the virus symptoms to develop in case you contracted the virus. This way you can visit the hospital to get tested.
The main reason you should stay home is to avoid getting and spreading the disease. COVID-19 does not transport itself, it has to get a host, develop in his/her respiratory system and then get transmitted to other people.
By staying home you can cut the transmission chain and keep yourself and your family safe. You can use this time to better yourself e.g. learn a new skill, advance studies by studying online, bonding with your loved ones, self-awareness, exercise, and the likes.
Secondly, most countries have suspended air and other major forms of travel including roads. They have completely shut down foreign travel into and out of their boundaries. So, if you had plans to get outside the country to your favorite destination for a holiday, just forget it.
The government will probably not allow you to do so. We have witnessed mandatory curfews and quarantines for incoming foreigners and nationals. These measures have been put in place to prevent the movement and spread of coronavirus.
The right to movement is everyone’s right but in such times, it must be restricted. Governments around the world have issued a “Do not travel” order, restricting movement especially into and out of the country.
Some have even ordered mandatory lockdowns banning all movements within the country. They have implemented laws that limit movement to certain times of the day, making it difficult to travel freely. These efforts aim at containing the spread of coronavirus. This indicates just how risky traveling is!