Sitting on self-isolation, having fun on the Internet playing casino games, using BetChan login or watching endless series on Netflix, it’s hard not to wonder what it will be like afterward. When will we return to our usual routine and will we soon begin to travel as usual, without fears, masks, and liters of antiseptic? Read our article for helpful tips on how to keep yourself safe during your long-awaited travels.
1. Don’t Be Afraid!
If you are healthy and not at risk (under 65, no diabetes or other serious illnesses), then trust your body and trust medicine. Thought is material! If you’re afraid to get sick – you will definitely get sick! So, don’t be afraid!
2. Only Healthy People Go On the Road!
If you feel unwell, you cancel your trip. The body weakened even a minor infection, is easier to infect. All our plans can be changed, and covid will forever leave “scars” in our body – in the lungs, heart, vessels, and pancreas.
3. Always Be Wearing a Mask.
You have to always carry good masks and quick antigen tests with which, if there are symptoms of a cold, you should check me and others for coronavirus.
A mask has become an item of clothing for some people: if you don’t wear one, you’re just as likely to go out in public naked. You have to wear it all the time and without compromise – in any place where there is or has been at least one person besides you. And not on the chin, but tightly (!) covering the face in the area of the nose and mouth. COVID-19 type virus, according to the American Center for Disease Control, remains active in the air up to 3-4 hours after being excreted by an infected person. What does this mean? Keep your mask on even if you’re riding in an elevator or going to the bathroom alone.
What kind of masks are better? In our opinion, regular “surgical” masks are fine as long as you change them often during the day. Masks in Europe are divided into three categories: FFP-1, 2, 3. Some countries have adopted a mandatory standard. For example, in Austria, you will be refused entry into the country or fined on the street if you wear an FFP-1 mask. You need to wear at least an FFP-2. Many European airports also prohibit masks with valves: they only protect the wearer, but not the people around them. The fine for not wearing a mask at airports in countries I’ve been to starts at 300 euros. Categorically and without conversation.
4. Avoid the Crowds.
This is especially important in airports and train stations, where even in the most advanced countries people don’t always keep a social distance. Stay away from passengers who cough or sneeze.
It is better to go to the hotel by cab or rental car. Also, most bus shuttles from airports are canceled.
5. Disinfection and Disinfection Again.
Even if you don’t have to, you have to wash your hands with soap and water every two hours – thoroughly and without rushing. And you take a natural disinfectant with me on the road – a 50 mg bottle of strong alcohol, but not necessarily for ingestion. Strong alcoholic composition well disinfects the hands and eliminates the need to stand in line to the bathroom to wash them there. But we would not recommend using cheap sanitizers. Some of them contain toxic components, like benzene. Read carefully about what’s inside.
6. Stay Away From Fans.
When you get on an airplane, you don’t turn on the fan and stay away from those running appliances. No matter what the airlines say about putting filters in the fans to trap harmful particles, it’s better to reassure yourself. COVID-19 molecules are smaller than the cells of almost any filter. And it is also unknown how regularly and conscientiously these filters are changed in airplanes.
By the way, the hand dryers in the toilets also create an additional risk of infection. Strong air pressure accelerates the movement of pathogens, which can get on the mucous membrane of the nose and throat. It is better to wipe your hands with disposable paper tissues, taken beforehand on the road.
7. Know the Country’s Specifics
The rules for entering a country during a pandemic may differ even within the European Union. For example, you need a 48-hour negative PCR test when crossing the border into Croatia; in Austria and Cyprus, you need a 72-hour negative PCR test. In other words, you must have a certificate confirming the absence of coronavirus infection, which was issued in English in an accredited laboratory 48 or 72 hours before departure.
Entry protocols are also different. The Cyprus Flight Pass differs in many ways from the Austrian PTC (Pre Travel Clearance).
Before you travel, it is advisable to familiarize yourself with the state of medicine in the country you are going to. It doesn’t hurt to ask the question: what if a covid catches up with you while traveling? Not the fact that you will come for you by ambulance, as is customary in Russia. In Europe, an ambulance only goes to the patient in a critical situation, if he is unable to move. In all other cases you have to get to the emergency care and wait your turn to be admitted together with other patients. And a separate issue is payment for medical services. It is completely reckless to go on a trip abroad without health insurance today.
But even if you have insurance, it does not guarantee you a place in the hospital: if there is another pandemic wave in the country, at its peak the bed fund may be exhausted. Bottom line: it’s best not to get sick.