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Despite the pandemic that we are currently going through, some of us may still have to travel. Whether it be for business, to visit relatives, or to simply get out of your house, it’s important you stay safe while you travel. Of course, wearing a mask is a given, but there are other things you should know before flying during COVID-19.

  1. Consider Your Risks 

If you or someone that you live with has an increased risk for severe illness, you should seriously reconsider your travel plans. Keep in mind that older adults are more likely to fall ill after contracting COVID-19. If you live with someone and you get infected while on your trip, you could pass it on to them without warning. 

  1. Check Local Restrictions 

Unbeknownst to you, the area you are traveling to may have stricter guidelines in place than in the state that you live in. The last thing you want is to arrive for your weekend trip only to find out the state requires a mandatory 10-day quarantine before you can leave your hotel room. Continue to check back the closer you get to your trip.

  1. Get Tested 

If you can, be sure to get tested for COVID-19 before and after your trips. Even if you don’t think you’re sick, getting tested will give you and those close to you peace of mind. If you begin to feel any symptoms related to COVID-19, be sure to isolate yourself immediately until you can reach a doctor. 

  1. Limit Contact with Surfaces 

Doorknobs, public restrooms, and hotel countertops are all places where COVID-19 could be lurking. Try to keep from touching any surfaces that people often touch and if you do have to touch them, be sure to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer right after. 

  1. Maintain Your Distance 

Try and get a seat on the plane as far away from others as possible. Bring sanitizing wipes and use them on your seat before sitting down.