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The Guide to Traveling During COVID


Payton Botelho, Junior Reporter

Travel is a part of everyone’s daily life, so it is important to take proper initiative to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 spreads when an infected person breathes out droplets and very small particles that contain the virus. These droplets and particles can be breathed in by other people or land on other surfaces and contaminate them. People who become closer than 6 feet from an infected person are the most likely to become infected. The virus is often transmitted through airborne droplets from other people’s breath, or by the surfaces that infected particles lie on. 

It is important for people to take safety precautions while they travel to help fight the spread of COVID-19. For anyone who chooses to travel by plane, it is important to listen to any instructions or guidelines given by flight attendants. For anyone who decides to travel by car, remember to wear a mask in buildings. This is necessary due to the close proximity to other people. Also, people need to consider the items they choose to bring with them on trips, especially to ensure that they pack cleaning supplies for both skin and surfaces they may come into contact with. For skin, pack hand sanitizer and a moisturizing lotion. If sensitive skin is a problem, pack baby wipes to wipe away germs without damage to the skin. There are also single-use soaps that come in a portable container to make sure no soap in a bathroom does not become a problem. For surfaces like doorknobs and countertops, pack a little container of Clorox wipes, or tissues for plane travel.