In the last couple of months, the world has almost come to a standstill due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We need to restart and get on with our daily business and work knowing full well that this virus is out there. With the opening of offices, we need to consider all security measures while traveling. Any kind of leniency in complying with precautions can increase the likelihood of being affected by the virus. Once the virus enters your body, it starts to multiply. It is harmful not only to the infected, but also to the people around the infected person. However, avoiding this scenario is possible if we follow all precautions and safety measures.
Some of the best ways to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 while traveling or commuting to work are:
#1 Equipment with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Whenever you go outdoors, make sure you are equipped with personal protective equipment. These mainly include a face mask and a pair of gloves. Wearing these will keep the most prone parts of your body, namely hands and mouth, safe from coming in contact with the virus. Have at least a few masks and a bunch of disposable gloves ready while you commute to work. When at home, be sure to wash the mask properly if it is reusable. This will make it ready and safe to use the next day. Encourage yourself and others around you to wear personal protective equipment. This will ensure the safety of everyone present in that area at that time.
#2 Sanitize your hands
After you finish your trip and arrive at the office or your home, be sure to sanitize your hands well. That way, if your hands are in contact with the virus, it cannot enter your body. Cleaning will kill the virus before it starts harming your body. Avoid touching anything when in a public place, such as doorknobs, railings, etc. As the virus is widespread, anything around it can be contaminated. For precautions and peace of mind, continue to apply hand sanitizer periodically. Don’t forget to wash your hands well before and after meals.
#3 Eat right and safely packaged foods
Avoid eating unpacked and street food while commuting to work. It is preferable to bring a lunch box, a bottle of water and other necessary snacks directly from your home. The safest and most reliable food you can eat is the one that is prepared in your own home. This is essential because the people who prepare and serve the food in the restaurants and on the streets are unreliable and the food is not safe to eat. Eating that can increase your risk of contracting the coronavirus.
On the other hand, if you are traveling, consume only properly packaged food products as much as possible. Even if you are visiting a restaurant, make sure all precautions are taken. Choose locations where cooks should be wearing all personal protective equipment. Don’t be lenient about it even as consuming contaminated food can lead to serious health consequences.
#4 Keep the proper distance
When traveling or commuting to work, try to keep a decent distance. Don’t be around people if you are using public transport. Avoid using public transport which is very crowded. Always remember that the virus spreads quite quickly in a crowd. Stay away from people who are constantly coughing or sneezing. There are high chances of getting an infection from these people.
If possible, try to avoid using public transport. It is quite safe to travel or travel to your office using your own vehicle. There is minimal risk of getting infected when you are using your vehicle. But send your car in for a wash and sanitize every week. This will ensure your vehicle is virus free. Don’t let an unknown person into your car for the best precautions and safety measures.
#5 Avoid touching surfaces
As many people use public transport regularly, surfaces can be contaminated. If you touch any contaminated surface, there is a high chance that the virus will enter your body. This is why it is generally suggested to avoid touching surfaces in any public place while traveling.
If the trip takes a long time, you can disinfect the surface around the seat using a disinfectant. It will make your whole trip safer. Surface cleaning should not be done with bare hands. Try to use the means of transport that regularly sanitizes all surfaces. This will not allow your hands, as well as clothes, to come into contact with the virus. Therefore, touching any kind of surface while traveling should be strictly avoided to be on the safer side.
#6 Drink only filtered water
There are several cases where people have been infected by the coronavirus due to contaminated water. So when you leave the house for the office, be sure to bring a bottle of water. Do not drink water that you feel is not purified. If you feel thirsty while traveling and don’t have filtered water with you, always drink water from a packaged bottle.
You may have to spend a little money to follow this, but all that money will be worth spending for your best health. Don’t hesitate to offer the water if someone around you is thirsty. Ask them to sanitize their hands and then give them their water bottle. This will be completely safe and ensure that humanity is still alive even in such conditions.
#7 Boost your immunity
If you travel frequently, be sure to get vaccinated periodically. While there is still no vaccine to cure or protect yourself from the coronavirus, you can always introduce some medications and supplements to your body that will improve your immunity. It will make your body free from any kind of infection and virus.
#8 Spread awareness
During the trip, if you see a person sitting or moving around without wearing a mask, you must inform them of the same. Stay a safe distance and tell them to wear a mask to make it safe for themselves and others around them. All persons traveling with you must follow all precautions and safety measures. Currently, it is a crime to be outdoors without wearing a mask.
Responsible citizens should point out these people and raise awareness. So spread awareness while traveling or commuting to work. Let people, who are breaking the rules, know the negative health consequences of doing the same.
Following the ways discussed above to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 while traveling may be difficult for you at first, but over time you will get used to it and soon all these precautionary measures will become your habit. Just have faith and do your part. However, if you have any symptoms of coronavirus, don’t wait a moment and get all the tests done.