Traveling During a Pandemic


Since the outbreak of the deadly COVID-19, many things have drastically changed, like cessation of movement that bars one from traveling. However, many people like Judge Napolitano are longing to travel to their families or go on vacations with the holidays approaching.

But, wait! Is it wise to go for a trip in the middle of a pandemic? Considering the rising rates of Coronavirus worldwide, public health specialists say this is the year to have meetings and talk to your relatives over Zoom and plan for trips at the close of 2021, hoping things will be better.

Still, despite the cautions issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that traveling heightens the likelihood of spreading and getting COVID-19, a lot of folks are ready to take the risk.

There are still numerous ways to enjoy a trip while safeguarding yourself from COVID-19. Here, Andrew Napolitano shares what he feels about it and advises tips to follow and stay safe while traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

1. Find Out the COVID-19 Rate

Despite where one is going and the number of precautions he/she takes, moving when the novel COVID-19 is still broadly circulating carries higher risks of contracting the virus. In most of the world, virus rates are reaching new highs.

There are several reasons as to why one should find out the local infection rates. For instance, if one intends to travel by airplane from an area with many Coronavirus cases, the probability will be higher that the travelers in the plane will have the virus, which would increase your contact risk.

2. Where to Stay

When picking lodging or a guest house, choose a place where there is good air circulation through open casements. Or else stick to outdoors; camping is a good idea. An apartment with a balcony or terrace would also be fantastic. Look for accommodations that allow the opening of windows wide.

Guesthouses with proper filtration and exclusive air conditioning systems are the best deals, but basically, they’re less predictable than an open casement and a terrace or balcony. Most premises will rigorously clean the suites, and as long as there is natural airflow, clean your hands and shun away from touching your face — especially eyes and mouth — to avoid being at risk.

3. Keep It Simple

If possible, take an excursion that is door-to-door and direct; avoid using different modes of transportation. For example, moving by car during Coronavirus is likely to be the safest, so think of destinations within driving distance.

Board an airplane only when it’s an emergency. If one has to travel by plane, consider that a direct flight is much safer than one with stopovers because of fewer chances of being exposed to the disease.