4 Things To Consider For Spring Break Travel Plans Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
By Leah Freeman-Haskin
With updates on the coronavirus changing hourly, it’s difficult to know what to do about any upcoming spring break travel plans. Many are concerned that the increase in travel over the break could increase the spread of the virus. Here are a few things to consider if you are still thinking about taking that trip.
Avoid International Travel
The State Department has issued a global level 3 health advisory, asking “citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19.” Be sure to look into any refunds or credits you can get on hotels and airfare that you may be able to put toward a future trip.
If you decide to travel abroad here are some tips from the State Department:
- Review and follow the CDC’s guidelines for the prevention of coronavirus.
- Check with your airlines or cruise lines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
- Visit travel.state.gov to view individual Travel Advisories for the most urgent threats to safety and security.
- Visit our Embassy webpages on COVID-19 for information on conditions in each country or jurisdiction.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.
Your Hygiene Routine
The CDC has a host of information on how to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Here are some of their tips when it comes to your daily hygiene routine:
- Wash hands: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
- Hand sanitizer: If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.
- Soap and water: Soap and water are the best option if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid touching: Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Dispose: Throw used tissues in a lined trash can.
Ages Of Travelers
According to the CDC, those at the highest risk of for serious illness from COVID-19 are older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease. Take this into heavy consideration if you are still considering your spring break travel plans with anyone that falls into this group.
Is It Worth The Risk
Yes, we understand that having to cancel longstanding travel plans is unfortunate and the possible loss of money if frustrating, but in the face of a global pandemic, it just may not be worth the risk to yourself and the general public. This may be the time to get creative with “staycation” plans and find some fun activities to do with the whole family at home or close to home.