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Are you planning to reschedule your travel that you might have postponed due to pandemic? There might be many reasons you have to travel; like for your work, family obligations or medical emergency.

With the resumption of both domestic and international flights in our country, all the airlines are required to implement the COVID-19 safety precautionary measures. However, with all the safety measures taken by airlines, travelling by planes is safer now -but not without any risks. If you have to fly, here are some of the advice from us on how to do it as safely as possible.

 

Preparation before your flight 

First and foremost book your flight tickets through digital mediums if possible, this will lower the risk of contact before your travel. Secondly, do not travel if you had symptoms of COVID-19 and got tested but haven’t gotten the results, even if you’re feeling better. Most of the airlines will ask for the PCR report so be a responsible citizen and do not travel unless you have a negative PCR report. 

 

Good and protective face masks

The most obvious necessity is the facemask, which can be either fabric or disposable. Always remember that it is best to use the freshly washed or a new mask while travelling or every time. 

According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  wearing an N95 respirator to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including coronavirus (COVID-19) is not recommended. 

 

Use a face shield or glasses

Using a face shield and glass is another way to protect yourself and minimize the risk of contracting COVID-19. According to Newyork times, eyeglasses act as a partial barrier, protecting eyes from the droplets of a cough or sneeze. So even if you don’t have power glasses cheap frames can provide additional protection, since Covid-19 may be transferred through droplets.

 

Use sanitizer or soaps

Though the airlines might have sanitized the whole area in the plane, consider sanitizing wipes to your seatbelt, seat arms, the TV, the front and back of the tray table, and anything else you might touch. Wash or sanitize before or after having food in the plane. Also, use your jacket or shawl as a blanket and avoid using a shared blanket in the plane. 

 

Avoid people with a cough or cold

Maintain a social distance while in the airport and on the plane. If you realize someone with the normal common cold is also travelling, take precautions accordingly. Underlying conditions that increase your risk include cancer, chronic kidney disease, serious heart problems,  type 2 diabetes or any other chronic illness.

 

Have vaccinations up-to-date

 Even if there is no vaccine of Covid-19 until now having all other essential vaccines up to date will boost up your immune system and help you stay healthy. So make sure before you travel you take all the necessary vaccines. 

At times like this, It is also our responsibility as citizens to ensure and follow the guidelines at the airport and aeroplane implemented by the government. Remember that as long as travelling for you is not urgent, the safest way to lower the risk is by Staying home!