If you have been watching the news about travel and the Corona Virus, and you have already booked your holiday, you may be quite apprehensive and even consider cancelling your holiday altogether.
It is important to remember that although this virus is very serious (WHO Organization) the media loves the sensation and can blow it even further out of proportion creating unnecessary fear in everyone.
Here are some great tips for protection and prevention against the Corona Virus as well as a useful video from the WHO with answers to FAQS which you will find by clicking the link below the image.
The health tips for travelers below will not only help protect and prevent you from becoming ill, or getting the coronavirus but also from any of the many diseases you might come into contact with while traveling in foreign countries.
You should wash your hands often and teach your children to pick up the same habits too. Wash carefully between your fingers and use hot water and quality soaps or alcohol rubs.
Use soap or an alcohol-based cleaner and take along alcohol-based wipes when traveling when you do not have access to washing facilities.
Use clean paper towels to dry your hands rather than blowers which are not very effective and spread germs. Paper towels do a better job in removing bacteria and leftover dirt and they will remove any virus spores left over. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub if your hands are not visibly dirty.
It should be a given that when sneezing or coughing you should cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or paper towel. Discard your tissues or paper towels carefully and immediately afterwards, then wash your hands.
When you cover your mouth and nose while coughing and sneezing with tissues, hankies or paper towels it prevents the spread of germs.
It’s not hard to spot people that are unwell, have a fever, influenza or other maladies. Keep a distance of at least 3 to 5 feet away. If you notice people coughing and sneezing often, keep away from them as far as possible.
You will touch many surfaces and some foreign ones while travelling and these can be conveyed to your face when you touch it with your hands. Wash your hands before eating, drinking or smoking and make sure your children do the same if you are a parent. Avoid touching your face if your hands have not been washed!
This ties in with washing your hands regularly and keeping tissues and paper towels handy while travelling to maintain clean hands for you and your children. Alcohol wipes are also handy to wipe faces but you should keep face cream as they can dry out the skin on your face.
Do not delay in seeking medical attention if you start feeling unwell.
It is important to take out travel insurance when you go travelling and the extra cost on your holiday budget will give you access to quality medical attention when you need it.
All holidays offered by Cheap Holidays Abroad automatically come with base-level insurance upon making the booking. It is included in the price from as little as £10 and can be upgraded for more comprehensive medical assistance and cover for a little bit extra!
It is important to avoid becoming paranoid and you should remember the news loves sensationalism and often blows stories about the Corona Virus or any other news out of proportion.
On the other hand, you should always take precaution and not let your guard down as it is still a very serious virus.
Respiratory symptoms that come with fever can have a range of causes, and there are still strains of normal influenza so be careful.
There are many other illnesses and diseases like malaria and dengue, which can be spread through insect bites. It is relatively easy to prevent insect bites with repellent sprays. While out and about at nightwear long sleeve shirts and trousers and during the day wear a hat which also protects you from harsh UV rays.
In your hotel room use the air conditioner or fans and in mosquitoes infested areas even mosquito netting over your bed when sleeping.
a) Be Careful About Food and Water While Travelling.
Food and water while in foreign countries will not be the same as what you are used to at home. Food poisoning and many other diseases are the leading cause of illness for travellers.
Remember, as above, to wash your hands often with soap and water, especially before dining or eating food.
If you are unsure about the quality of water, then drink only bottled or boiled water, or carbonated drinks in cans or bottles. Avoid local tap water while travelling, including water fountains and ice cubes from ice machines.
Do not eat any food purchased from street vendors even if it is cooked in front of you. Rather go to proper food outlets or restaurants with health and safety standards. When you get your meal make certain it is fully cooked and temperature before you eat.
Food poisoning, illnesses and other diseases that are picked up from food and water especially while travelling may cause vomiting and diarrhoea. You can take along some diarrhoea medicine when you need to treat mild cases yourself, your partner or your family.
b) Take Care to Avoid Injuries While Travelling.
Car accidents while driving on unfamiliar roads in foreign countries are not extremely common but they do happen. Never drink and drive while on holidays abroad and if you do drive, wear seatbelts at all times and make sure everyone else does as well.
Abide by road safety signs, speed limits, and local traffic laws and do not get into overloaded vehicles, trains, buses or minibusses. If possible avoid driving unnecessarily at night in foreign countries and always be aware of your surroundings.
c)Miscellaneous Health Tips for Travelers
Stay away from animals while on holidays and do not handle pets or strays because these could be carrying serious diseases like rabies or plagues. If by chance you do get bitten or scratched, immediately wash the wound with soap and water, dab with alcohol and seek medical attention for tetanus shots or the correct treatments.
While travelling, avoid getting a tattoo or body piercing as you can get infections such as HIV and viral hepatitis. If you are sexually promiscuous while travelling then always ensure you use condoms to reduce the risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
To prevent foot fungus or any other fungal and parasitic infections, always keep your feet clean and dry and do walk around barefoot, especially on beaches where animals are allowed.
Follow these guidelines, avoid becoming paranoid about the Coronavirus while traveling, and enjoy a healthy and safe holiday abroad. Use our checklist categories to get more tips and guides for preparations.
It doesn’t take much to prepare for a safe and healthy vacation. Use common sense, make some pre-trip preparations and always wash your hands!