September 11, 2020
Hey Pie-O-Neers™! IT’S FRIDAY, YAYYYYYYYYY! I hope everyone’s last couple of weeks and Labor Day was AMAZING and that everyone has remained healthy and safe! Welcome back to COVID-19 FACTS FRIDAYS where we are serving up slices of pie that are filled with COVID-19 FACTS and INFORMATION. This week we are going to talk about TRAVELING and how to be safe while we are still in this Pandemic and dealing with the Coronavirus. Now let me just say traveling increases your chance of contracting and spreading COVID-19 and STAYING HOME is the best way to protect yourself and others from the COVID-19… However, if you must travel your girl Meringue Love™ is here to give you everything you need to know, so that you can be as safe as possible! SO GRAB THOSE UTENSILS… AND LET’S DIVE IN!
Before you travel, here are a few things to consider:
1. Is COVID-19 spreading rapidly where you are going to be traveling?
- Check Each State’s Cases in the Last 7 Days: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#cases_totalcases
- Travel Recommendations for Destinations Around the World: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html
2. Are you or someone who lives with you at risk for severe illness from COVID-19?
- If you get infected while traveling you could very well pass the virus to your family and friends when you return home, even though you may not be showing symptoms.
- Anyone can get extremely ill from the virus that causes COVID-19, but older adults and people of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for sever illness from COVID-19.
3. Does your destination have any requirements or restrictions for travelers?
- Some state, local, and territorial governments have requirements, such as requiring people to wear masks and requiring those who recently traveled to stay home for up to 14 days.
- Check state, territorial, tribal and local public health websites for information before you travel. -
If you are traveling internationally, check the destination’s Office of Foreign Affairs or Ministry of Health or the US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Country information for details about entry requirements and restrictions for arriving travelers, such as mandatory testing or quarantine: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages.html
While you are traveling, you should:
4. Take extra steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
- Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when in public settings/places.
- Avoid close contact with others by social distancing. This means, maintain at least 6 feet apart (about 2 arms’ length) from anyone who is not in the same household as you.
- Wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
- Pack hand sanitizing/disinfectant wipes to clean surfaces that you may come in contact with while out.
- Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- If you are traveling abroad, check the CDC’s COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination before planning you trip: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html
Different types of travel and what to expect:
5. Air Travel
- Air travel requires spending time in security lines and airport terminals, which can bring you in close contact with other people and frequently touched surfaces. Most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on flights because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes. However, social distancing is difficult on crowded flights, and sitting within 6 feet of others, sometimes for hours, may increase your risk of getting COVID-19.
- Also consider how you get to and from the airport, as public transportation and ridesharing can increase your chances of being exposed to the virus.
- While waiting in the airport sitting/standing areas have been marked for social distancing. Make sure you and your party adheres to these signs.
- Be sure to check with your local airport for the hour’s operation for the restaurants and shops in the airport, for they are operating on shortened hours. (Meaning they open later and close earlier than usual).
- Make sure you have your own snacks, refreshments, food, water, etc. prior to boarding the plane because the cart services have been suspended on most airlines due to COVID-19.
6. Bus or Train Travel
- Traveling on buses and trains for any length of time can involve sitting or standing within 6 feet of others, which may increase your risk of getting COVID-19. If you choose to travel by bus or train, learn what you can do to protect yourself on public transportation: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/using-transportation.html#PublicTransit
7. Car Travel
- Making stops along the way for gas, food, or bathroom breaks can put you and your traveling companions in close contact with other people and frequently-touched surfaces.
8. RV Travel
- You may have to stop less often for food or bathroom breaks, but RV travel usually means staying at RV parks overnight and getting gas and supplies at other public places. These stops may put you and those with you in the RV in close contact with others.
- Learn more about how to protect yourself from COVID-19 on different types of transportation: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/using-transportation.html
Methods companies are using to protect customers from COVID-19:
9. When planning travel, you may want to check companies’ websites to see what they are doing to protect customers from COVID-19.
- Requiring people to wear a mask
- Promoting social distancing
- Using online or contactless reservations and check-in
- Using contactless payment
- Enhanced cleaning procedures
Summary of tips to avoid getting and spreading COVID-19 in common travel situations:
10. While in public.
- Wear a mask in public settings.
- Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from anyone who is not from your household.
11. Bathrooms and rest stops.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after using the bathroom and after you have been in a public place.
- If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
12. Getting gas
-Use disinfecting wipes on handles and buttons at the gas pumps before you touch them (if available).
- After fueling, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. When you get to your destination, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
13. Hotels and accommodations
- See advice for traveling overnight: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/personal-social-activities.html#Traveling%20overnight
14. Food stops - The safest option is to bring your own food. If you don’t bring your own food, use drive-through, delivery, take-out, and curb-side pick-up options: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/essential-goods-services.html#deliver
Welp Pie-O-Neers™... I know it's a lot to SWALLOW... but things have changed DRASTICALLY with this virus and we want y'all to STAY SAFE... AND CONTINUE PIE-O-NEERING™ THROUGH IT ALL!