Turning the world upside down like Stranger Things’ Mind Flayer, Covid-19 has surreptitiously invaded our peaceful lives and created havoc. Nobody can deny experiencing isolated birthdays, deserted roads, social distancing, hand sanitisers, lockdown, stress, anxiety, and the list goes on. Encroaching on our relationships, Covid 19 took lives en masse. The world kind of seized up. Cities lost their momentum, people shut themselves within, stress and anxiety fastened their grip, and many lawbreakers tasted police sticks and slaps. Covid 19 was and still is history’s game-changer.
What are some social distancing methods to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
Social distancing became one of the most heard terms during the pandemic. The government, the WHO, and doctors stressed obeying social distancing to prevent the virus’s spread. To execute it effectively, several measures were taken like
- Shutting down of schools and colleges
- Closing of public places
- Restriction on huge gatherings
- Avoiding crowded places
- Limiting travel
- Resorting to no-contact greetings
The use of hygienic face masks, hand sanitisers, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, keeping surfaces clean, etc., were among the other measures of preventing the spread of the deadly virus. Trending hashtags like #stayhomestaysafe, #MyPandemicSurvivalPlan, #WorkFromHome, etc., got viral just like a storm.
The world is slowly and gradually healing. The wounds of losing loved ones can’t be effaced. People are opening up and coming out of their safe cocoons to feel the new normal. Offices are resuming, and schools are opening, people have started travelling to head on to normal routines. However, all of this is still in its initial baby steps. Normal activities are not in their full swing. Everyone is advised to strictly follow social distancing and avoid physical contact with people. It is important to know the tips and measures to follow in such a scenario while travelling with several new faces.
1. Research properly about your company and transporting medium
If you are travelling by a shared cab, you must enquire about the number of people who will board it. In case there are more than 3 people (including you), STEP BACK and don’t go in that cab.
2. Keep that mask on!
Many times, while travelling, people remove their masks, which can be dangerous. If your cab or auto driver is not wearing a mask, don’t board. Ask him to put on his mask. Many cab companies have commenced placing plastic shields between the driver’s seat and back seat, which is a plus point.
3. Avoid needless touching
Avoid touching the surface of the car, bus, or trains when not required. Always sanitise your hands after getting off the vehicle. Unnecessary touching might lead to the spread of the virus, as many people touch those surfaces during the day.
4. Avoid ACs
Windows must be kept open to enable proper ventilation. Humid air escalates the growth of viruses and bacterias. Encapsulated warm and humid air can increase the chances of catching the virus. Also, ACs draw the outdoor air, which can prove to be fatal.
5. Carry your stuff
When travelling by car, bus, or any other public transport, try to carry your water bottle and home-cooked food. Avoid inclining on junk food. Buckle up yourselves to cook or pack some snacks to depend on in case your gut goes empty!
6. Stay home if you feel sick
If you feel feverish, cold, or have any of the symptoms stated on the WHO site, then PLEASE stay home. Travelling when you’re sick can do more harm to other travellers than to you. If you see any person coughing or sneezing in abnormal frequency, then inform the authorities. You might feel hesitant at first but remember you’re doing this for your and their safety.
7. Sanitise well!
Before stepping in any public transport, sanitise it well. Your cab driver might insist you that he has already sanitised it but ensure you do it for yourself once again. Always carry spare masks. If not you, then someone else might need it! Avoid travelling in crowded transports.
8. Always take a bath after coming home
Whenever you reach your destination, the clothes that you wore while travelling must be kept aside for washing. Immediately take a bath with lukewarm water and immerse the clothes in some disinfectant. Avoid coming in contact with family members immediately after you come home. Ask them politely to stay a little away from you till the time you take a bath.
9. Skim through the cleanliness of public toilets
Using public toilets while travelling can be a hell of a task for most people. Paruresis is the fear of using public toilets. Public toilets are not to be trusted. To avoid clumsiness, carry toilet sanitisers. Also, avoid unnecessary touching of surfaces in toilets. Always wash your hands after using the toilet. Try avoiding public soaps as these are contagious. Carry paper soaps or sanitisers.
10. Get yourself tested before and after the trip
Don’t forget to get tested three to five days before and after the trip. Stay home and get quarantined for at least 7 days after the trip, even if you test negative. Follow the guidelines of the respective state and country you’re in.
Travelling during covid is indeed a hectic task. However, maintaining proper social distancing and respecting the statute and guidelines is our moral and national duty. If you like this article and want to know more, then visit www.keepmovingco.com