How to take the proper precautions to travel during COVID-19

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A little over a year ago, the majority of individuals, including myself, would have never considered traveling dangerous. Now, families are faced with the decision of whether it may be safe to travel this spring or even in general. Isn’t it crazy to think about how much the world around us has changed? “I would have never thought I would be in the middle of a worldwide pandemic,” said Gabe Flexter, freshman. 

The main concern is maintaining a healthy and safe environment for everyone while there is a pandemic around the world. But, there are many ways to protect yourself through traveling during this pandemic. 

Throughout the pandemic, there have been many new ways to prevent COVID-19. Masks became the new ‘normal’, restaurants and stores were closing down, and schools went fully online. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization  declared a national pandemic, and life began to change for individuals across the globe. 


Ways to keep safe while traveling during COVID-19. Infographic by Ava Stuart

At the start of the pandemic, according to Statista, on March 11, 2020, there were 7,661 new cases worldwide each day. There have been a variety of precautions put in place, including social distancing, masks, and ways to quarantine. As of March, 2021 a year later, there are now 58,530 cases daily worldwide, according to the CDC Forecasts. 

Throughout the pandemic, I have learned so many things about safety. During the pandemic, I have traveled eight times since the beginning of March 2020, and I have seen a variety of changes throughout airports. Airports have now limited the amount of flights to lower the amount of people going in and out of airports. “The first time I went into the airport during the pandemic, there were a small number of people and many open gates so this reduced the amount of people through the airport,” said Sara Helmig, doctor at St. Jude Children’s hospital. 

Although I wasn’t traveling for vacation, I would travel to see my dad, so I was taking precautions and I was not around large crowds. Traveling eight times during a pandemic doesn’t sound the best, but I maintained safe precautions for myself. When I think of traveling through an airport with COVID-19 around us, I imagine all of the risks that could potentially harm myself or others. 

There are some simple ways to help protect yourself and the safety of others during this pandemic while in an airport. According to the MayoClinic, you can wear your mask correctly (over your nose), maintain social distancing (6ft), use hand sanitizer, avoid riding trams, wash your hands constantly, and avoid human contact as much as possible. 

Throughout the pandemic there has been a development of a vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccine can be taken as a shot and will help prevent chances of getting COVID-19.  

According to the CDC, “the vaccine is effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19 and can keep you from getting seriously ill even if you don’t get COVID-19.” The vaccine will alert your immune system how to react and recognize COVID-19. The more people start to get vaccinated the less amount of cases of COVID-19 there will be. 

The main question is whether traveling during COVID-19 is safe? Traveling this season will only be safe if you follow through with the precautions. While these precautions cannot insure that you will not get the virus, they are the best ways to help prevent the risk of getting COVID-19.

Ava Stuart, Staff reporter