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How to Travel Responsibly Amidst Covid-19 Pandemic

The travelling industry came to a standstill amidst Covid-19. The operation became slow; travelling routes were closed down, hotels and transport companies lost their business.

However, as time went by, things became normal. Now, you can travel to different places around the world. Most of the countries are opening their borders for tourist and travellers.

Some people travel for recreation while others do it for works and obligations. However, everyone has to follow the safety rules and regulations.

Coronavirus disease 2019, recognized by the acronym kovid 19 or COVID-19, is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome virus corona 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The disease has spread worldwide since 2019, leading to a coronary virus pandemic in 2019/20. Common symptoms include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Less common symptoms of the disease are: muscle pain, sputum production and sore throat. In most cases, mild symptoms occur. On the other hand, more severe symptoms include pneumonia and organ failure. Mortality according to the number of confirmed cases is estimated at 1% -5%The infection spreads from one person to another by droplets – respiratory droplets formed during coughing. The incubation time to the onset of the first symptoms is usually between 2 and 14 days (average 5 days). The standard method of diagnosis is polymerase reverse transcription chain reaction (rRT-PCR) from a nasopharyngeal swab or sputum sample. Antibody tests can also be used using a blood serum sample. Infection can be registered from a combination of symptoms, risk factors, and chest CT showing the characteristics of pneumonia, but varies depending on the patient’s age and his existing health condition.

Recommended measures for the prevention (prevention) of the disease include: proper and regular washing of hands, keeping away from other people and not touching someone’s face. The use of masks is advised to those suspected of having the virus and their caregivers, but not to the general public. There is no vaccine or special antiviral therapy for COVID-19. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared an outbreak of the corona virus 2019/20. pandemic and public health threat of international importance (PHEIC). Evidence of local disease transmission has been found in several countries, in all six WHO regions.  Several academics in the Russian Federation believe that measures to control the disease are inadequate. The beginning of mass vaccination in Serbia was accompanied by numerous praises. Some of them concerned the resourcefulness and success of our state leadership in procuring vaccines, which, we will admit, is a great success, having in mind the situation in the whole world with procurement. (It remains to be seen at what cost we managed this.) Other compliments went in the direction of good organization and efficiency of services. Let’s understand each other right away, I do not want to destroy trust in vaccination as one of the greatest achievements of humanity, nor to contribute to panic and the connection with the number of vaccines. On the contrary, I ask the question of our individual priorities, and social ones, at a time when we are looking at unnecessary queues and crowds in front of vaccination points. Let’s see how we came to a situation where it is not known who, when and why receives the vaccine on which lives depend. In the first announcements of the officials, we heard that our country has more vaccines than we need: “It is planned to open about 300 vaccination points, and to vaccinate an average of 50 to 100 people in an hour.” We were presented with the plan of the Institute for Public Health “Trampoline”, which prioritized the population by age, occupation, health condition, etc. After the plan was announced, in accordance with the applications on the eGovernment portal, citizens began to receive SMS messages with scheduled dates for vaccination. In the beginning, it seemed in Belgrade that there was an algorithm, that everything was going in order, that everything was okay. What a wave of relief it caused

Rules to Follow While Travelling:

If you are planning to travel amidst the current pandemic, you need to travel responsibly. There are specific rules you need to follow while you travel.

Research and Plan:

The first thing you need to do is research and plan. If you are going to travel, you need to research about the place. Make sure the place you are travelling to is safe. It falls under the danger zone; you need to take extra precautions. After you complete your research, you need to plan your trip in advance. It will give you a clear picture of the journey. Choose the safest travelling route and accommodation. You also need to plan about conveyance and food. 

Pack Important Things:

This is the next rule you need to follow. As you are travelling during a tough time, you need to prepare for all things. Make sure you pack all your essential hygiene and medical supplies. It would be best if you carried extra face masks, gloves, hand sanitiser, etc. It will help you during an emergency and shortage.

Get Tested:

This is the most important rule. There are some countries which require Covid-19 test to give you clearance. If you are visiting any such places, you need to get tested. Make sure you get tested under a week’s time from your trip. Carry the report with you while you travel.

Follow Quarantine Rules:

There are some countries which practice quarantine for travellers. So if you are travelling to any such place, you need to prepare for institutional quarantine. Carry all the things you will need, and follow the rules to avoid any complications.

Practice Social Distancing:

Apart from all the rules, you also need to follow social distancing rules. No matter how healthy you are, it would help if you kept distance when you travel. Don’t stand under close proximity of others when you are in public. Sanitise your hand before you touch something.

Wear Mask:

You also need to wear a mask when you go outside. If you go out of the hotel or in any other public place, you need to wear a mask. You will not be allowed to enter any place if you don’t have a mask. Make sure the mask covers your nose and mouth.

Online Payment:

You need to avoid handing cash when making the payment. Instead, you can opt for online payment methods. It will help you avoid contact. It would be best if you also tipped well as that people can survive in this challenging time.

Community Rules:

Apart from all the rules, you need to follow the basic local community rules for different places. The rules differ from one place to another. It will help if you respect the rules.

These are some of the rules you need to follow while you are travelling amidst Covid-19. It will help you to travel responsibly.

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