How to Protect Yourself From The Coronavirus (COVID-19) While Traveling

For every one person infected with COVID-19, the new coronavirus, three more people get sick. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared coronavirus a pandemic. People who plan to travel may want to keep themselves healthy at all costs.

Yes, you can still travel during the virus’s spread, but experts recommend taking certain precautions. From buying the right hand sanitizer to keeping clean in public restrooms, you have many opportunities to lower your risk of contracting the virus. Fortunately, all the advice you need to travel during the coronavirus outbreak is right here.

Is The Trip Worth The Risk?

A school in Spain is closed because of COVID-19.
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The most foolproof method to avoid coronavirus is not traveling to countries with large outbreaks. As of March 2020, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have advised people not to travel to China, Italy, Venezuela, South Korea, and Iran. If you have to go to these countries, consider your personal risk.

Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University, considers the risk of coronavirus outside of these countries to be “pretty darn low.” If you have an upcoming trip to any high-risk area, consider rescheduling it.