Your Flight Should Be The Only Thing You Catch: Corona-proof Your Travels With These Practical Tips

As the coronavirus crisis edges closer to a global pandemic, the extent of the disease’s impact, also known as COVID-19, is yet to be understood. International travel opens new avenues for outbreaks and travellers should be doing everything in their power to protect themselves to prevent the spread of the virus.

Acquire a surgical mask

A surgical mask isn’t the finest fashion accessory for trend conscious travellers; however, a mask can be effective in averting hand-to-mouth transmissions. Virologists stress the importance of responsible mask use: position the mask so that your mouth and nasal cavities are covered, change the mask often, and dispose of the mask sensibly.

Bonus tip: buy an N95 surgical mask for additional protection. N95 masks are designed to stop 95% of small particles from entering the nose and mouth area. If you find that masks are scarce in the pharmacies and shops you pass in transit, you can always make your own with these DIY instructions from Japan.

Get the basics right

Applying basic hygiene habits is said to be an even more effective deterrent than wearing a surgical mask. Cover your mouth when sneezing and coughing, wash your hands, and don’t put your hands to your mouth before washing them – these simple measures can help limit the risk of catching respiratory viruses such as COVID-19.

  1. Regularly wash your hands with warm water and soap
  2. Avoid touching your eyes and nose wherever possible
  3. Maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle

Ask your airline

Ask your airline what steps they are taking to protect passengers from coronavirus exposure on board. For example, Singapore Airlines has been forthcoming with the enhanced cleaning and precautionary measures they have enacted onboard flights. Preventative measures include:

Select seats carefully

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines contact with an infected person as being seated within two rows of one another. Unfortunately, WHO’s definition does not account for all the other movement that happens on a plane: trips to the toilet, walking up and down the aisle and retrieving items from the overhead bins.

Public health researchers have studied how random movements about the airplane cabin might change passengers’ probability of infection. They found that window seat passengers have the lowest likelihood of encountering an infected person. This is because window seat passengers have far fewer close encounters than people in other seats, averaging 12 contacts compared to the 58 and 64 respective contacts for passengers in middle and aisle seats. National Geographic have published an in-depth examination on seat selection amid the coronavirus epidemic.

From Club Travel Corporate, we wish all our customers good health and great returns.

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