COVID-19 has a significant impact on the lives of people in almost every part of the world. To stop the spread of the pandemic, public health officials heavily rely on two community interventions. Restricted travel and social distancing. These measures can prevent the spread of COVID-19 by preventing personal contact. However, the restrictions and guidelines can be confusing and open to interpretation. They may even contradict one another.
Many thousands of students could be force to drive or fly home by the closing down of universities and colleges around the world. New York City and California are large population centres. People are ask to remain home as much possible. Some people flee to their family, friends, second homes, or campsites in rural areas despite this. I am an infectious disease epidemiologist and find it frightening that people will travel more during times when disease is so prevalent. How does travel, whether voluntary, or compelled? What impact does traveling have on this pandemic?
Schools Closings And Other Forced Traveling
Close quarters at colleges and shared facilities such as dorms, dining rooms and fitness centres are breeding grounds for germs and encourage the spread of diseases. Recent actions to cancel classes, close schools, and close dormitories taken to promote social distancing in an effort to reduce the spread of disease-base diseases within communities.
Although closing high-risk areas during a pandemic can help slow the spread of disease and protect students’ lives, it might seem counterproductive to another public health strategy that restricts travel. Students have been traveling across the United States and around the globe in the past few weeks, so they may need to look for alternate housing or travel to visit family and friends.
Two major concerns are raise by epidemiologists when it comes to travel. First, a COVID-19-free traveller must travel to avoid possible exposure.
A second transmission source is an infected traveller. An infected traveller can spread the virus to others in transit, whether they are at an airport or stopping for fuel or food. They may also spread the virus to previously unaffected communities. It is crucial to protect communities that have not been expose to the virus as it becomes difficult to stop it from spreading once it has reach a new population or place.
Houston, Texas is an example. Travelers returning from overseas brought the first cases home. The virus was then import from the United States again, and it soon became established in the city. Truth is, any amount of travel can encourage both geographic and interpersonal spread of disease. This could lead to COVID-19 being introduced in more places and increasing the risk of infection.
Sheltering In Your People Current Location?
Travel may be necessary for students who have been expel from school or tourists returning from a trip abroad. What if you want to escape a large city and live in a smaller area? Voluntary travellers face the same risks as those who are not voluntarily traveling. You are more likely to contract the coronavirus if you spend more time in public toilets, gas stations, and airports. You also have the possibility that your destination may not be as safe as what you left.
Only those who have not been exposed should travel. It is difficult to know if you are infected. Between the time symptoms begin and the moment you are infected, it takes on average five to ten days. It is possible for 20-50% to not show symptoms. 80% may only have mild symptoms. However, these numbers could change as epidemiologists gain more information about the true extent of the disease. You could give the coronavirus a ride to your destination if you’re not sure you have it, but you still want to travel.
How People Travel Safely
It is safer to stay put right now than to travel. Shelter in place is the best advice. There are restrictions on international and domestic travel. These restrictions are rapidly changing, but they are unlikely to slow down anytime soon.
You should consider whether you believe that you may have exposed to SARS CoV-2 even if there are no symptoms. Traveling could pose a risk to your family, friends, and neighbours, as well as people who might not recover from the illness.
If you have to travel, be responsible. Follow the World Health Organization’s advice. In the United States, consult the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Follow hygiene guidelines and seek medical advice if you become ill. You are protecting yourself against infection by doing all you can to prevent others from being expose.